Chapter 10: Public Opinion • Public Opinion are “those opinions held by private persons which governments find it prudent to heed” • Scientific Polling is a tool developed in the twentieth century for systematically investigating the opinions of ordinary people, based on random sampling • Attitude is an organized and consistent manner of thinking and feeling about people, groups, social issues, or more generally, any event in one’s environment • Liberal is in the United States, a proponent of a political ideology that favors extensive government action to redress social and economic inequalities and tolerates social behaviors that conservatives view as deviant. Present-day liberals advocate policies benefitting the poor, minority groups, labor unions, women, and the environment and oppose government imposition of traditional social norms. • Conservative is in the United States, a proponent of a political ideology that favors small or limited government, an unfettered free market, self-reliance and
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