PUBLIC OPINION - PUBLIC OPINION American Political System...

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PUBLIC OPINION American Political System 10/7/2010 Public Opinion : what the people think about an issue or set of issues at any given point in time - They are measured by polls. o The characteristics of these are defined as samples: the N. Must be random, systematic and right question… Opinion Polls : Polls are interviews or surveys of a random sample of citizens used to estimate how the public feels about an issue or set of issues. - Must be random to believe in - Learning from Polls: You only learn answers to questions you ask. (And answers/attitudes may not reflect actual behavior.) o We refer that people answer questions that reflect truthfully what people do and what people like, ect. o Also used to point out differentness between dems and rep. - MY experience with polls: o How many of you have been contacted by a polling agency to find out your opinion? o Should we believe the polls if none/few of us have been contacted? - What do gov officials hear? o How many of you have contacted your fed gov representatives (president/senators/representative) to express your opinion about a public policy issue. E.i. the way with Iraq, social security, college tuition?
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course ENVD 3114 taught by Professor Pyatt during the Spring '10 term at University of Colorado Denver.

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