EXAM 3 - Chapter 10: Public Opinion and Media Political...

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Chapter 10: Public Opinion and Media Political Socialization Factors: The process through which individuals acquire their  political beliefs and values. Family, school, peers, and the mass media are often important influences or  agents of political socialization. Other factors, too, influence how political  opinions are formed or reinforced; religious beliefs, race and ethnicity,  gender, age, the region of the country in which you live, and political  events. Also, political knowledge shape ideals.  o Family: communication and receptivity. Children spend time with their  parents; they learn their parents’ political values, even though these  concepts may be vague. Children raised in Democratic households are  more likely to be critical of a Republican president than are those raised  in Republican households.  o country as an important component for young ages. Children’s peers  seem to have an important effect; parental influences are greatest, but a  child’s peer group becomes important as children get older, such as in  middle school or high school. High schools continue the elementary  school tradition of building good citizens and often reinforce textbook 
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EXAM 3 - Chapter 10: Public Opinion and Media Political...

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