PSC 100 Chapter 5 Outline

PSC 100 Chapter 5 Outline - Chapter Five: Public Opinion...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Chapter Five: Public Opinion and Political Socialization Public Opinion and the Models of Democracy Public Opinion is the collective attitude of the citizens on a given issue or question. Statistical sampling theory does not claim that a sample exactly matches the population, only that it reflects the population with some predictable degree of accuracy. Three Factors Determine the Accuracy of a Sample: How the sample is randomly selected The size of the sample—the larger the sample, the more accurately it represents the population The amount of variation in the population Relationship of Sample Size to Sample Error (chart) The Literary Digest Poll of 1936 had over 2 million responses, but was wrong Digest gave FDR 43% but he won with 62% of vote (picture) Digest gave Landon 57% but he lost with 38 %( picture) Figure 5.1: Gallup Poll Accuracy (picture) Gallup Poll, right in 1936, was wrong in 1948, when Truman beat Dewey (picture) Public Opinion and the Models of Democracy (Cont’d) The majoritarian and pluralist models of democracy differ greatly in their assumptions about the role of public opinion in democratic government. Majoritarian Model According to the classic majoritarian model, the government should do what a majority of the public wants. Pluralist Model In contrast, pluralists argue that the public as a whole seldom demonstrates clear, consistent opinions on the day-to-day issues of government. Distribution of Public Opinion
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Government must analyze the shape and the stability of the distribution of public opinion. Shape of the Distribution: the shape of the opinion distribution depicts the pattern of all the responses
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 02/20/2011 for the course BUS 500 taught by Professor Fogel during the Spring '10 term at Salem Intl..

Page1 / 4

PSC 100 Chapter 5 Outline - Chapter Five: Public Opinion...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online