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Chapter 6 - PublicOpinionLectureOutline Definepublicopinion

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Public Opinion Lecture Outline Define public opinion  Discuss the process by which individuals acquire their political  opinions  Discuss the frames of reference that guide the political thinking of  Americans Discuss how public opinion is measured
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What is Public Opinion? "Political attitudes and beliefs expressed by ordinary citizens." "Those opinions held by private persons that governments find it  prudent to heed." – V.O. Key citizens’ or large populations’ attitudes about political issues, leaders,  institutions, and events.  Is there a majority opinion concerning most issue?
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What is Public Opinion? citizens’ or large populations’ attitudes about political issues, leaders,  institutions, and events.  Why don’t we govern by public opinion? Lots of different opinions Contradictory Political knowledge
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What is political socialization? Political Socialization: The ongoing process  whereby citizens acquire the information, attitudes,  and values that help them comprehend the political  system and their place in it.   The life cycle process of political socialization – certain periods in life are more important than others 
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course POS 1041 taught by Professor Stokes-brown during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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Chapter 6 - PublicOpinionLectureOutline Definepublicopinion

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