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a_lect_22 - What is Public Opinion Aggregation of peoples...

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What is Public Opinion? Aggregation of people’s views about issues, situations and public figures. Mass public : ordinary people for whom politics is often a peripheral concern Political elites : activists and office holders who have well structured ideologies that connect the individual’s views on a wide range of particular issues.
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Big Questions What is the proper role for public opinion? How do we reconcile democracy with low levels of political information in the mass public? Should Politicians be Delegates (faithfully present constituencies’ views) or Trustees (exercise independent judgment)?
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TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 12 — Grace Mosier lives with her mom and dad, goes to birthday parties, takes ballet classes and is just like a lot of other 6-year- old girls. Except that she happens to be obsessed with Dick Cheney.
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“I really, really like him,” says Grace, who can tell you what state the vice president was born in (Nebraska), where he went to grade school (College View, in Lincoln) and the names of his dogs (Dave and Jackson). She gets her fix of Cheney fun-facts by visiting the White House Web site for children. It says there that his favorite teacher was Miss Duffield and that he used to run a company called Halliburton.
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Political Socialization Induction of individuals into a political culture Agents of socialization: Parents Friends Schools – related to political efficacy
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Measurement: How do we know what people think? Letters to the Editor Votes Protests Today, public opinion is most commonly measured by asking questions of a carefully selected sample of adults .
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