Public Opinion

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4/1/2010 1 Public Opinion Political Science 201 4/1/10 Announcements Reading for Tuesday Review chapter 9 Paper B Due date pushed back to April 15 Optional drafts due April 8
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4/1/2010 2 Listening to Public Opinion Representation Linkage Key Question: Are politicians responsive to citizen opinion? Congress – reelection Presidency – “going public” Judiciary – implementation and enforcement Judiciary implementation and enforcement Do you agree or disagree that the policies of the U.S. government represent the preferences and opinions of the American people? 1. Strongly agree 26% 72% 2. Agree 3. Disagree 4. Strongly disagree 1234 2% 0%
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4/1/2010 3 What is Public Opinion? The aggregation of individual attitudes or beliefs concerning Political issue Political issues Political leaders Institutions Current events Types of Public Opinion Consensus opinion Relatively united public opinion either favorable or unfavorable Divisive opinion Divided public opinion either strongly in favor or strongly opposed
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course POLI 201 taught by Professor Briggs during the Spring '08 term at South Carolina.

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