Public Opinion -Nov 4 - Chapter 9 Public Opinion • Public...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 9 Public Opinion • Public opinion is citizens’ attitudes about political issues, leaders, institutions and events– shapes and serves as a political basis of support for contemporary politicians. • Public opinion is based in the fundamental core values or beliefs that American citizens have, and often organized as political ideologies , public opinion is a powerful if problematic force in American politics. • Most Americans share a common set of political beliefs including equality of opportunity , individual freedom , and democracy . Individuals’ attitudes about politics tend to be shaped by underlying beliefs and values which are the product of various agents and processes known as political socialization .-Agents of socialization: 1. The family 2. Involuntary social groups (gender, religion) 3. Education 4. Changing political conditions Political Ideology Liberals support:-extensive governmental intervention in the economy-services for the poor, minorities, women,...
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2010 for the course GOVT 1301 taught by Professor Dianev during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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Public Opinion -Nov 4 - Chapter 9 Public Opinion • Public...

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