Government Lecture Nov. 15

Government Lecture Nov. 15 - November 15th Public Opinion...

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November 15 th Public Opinion Public Opinion (def.): • Attitudes • Beliefs • Theories o Political issues, leaders, institutions, and events. Values (or beliefs): • basic principles that shape a person’s opinions o Liberty o Equality o Democracy Attitude (or opinions): • Specific preference on an issue o Impeachment o Tax cuts o Specific Programs Political Ideology (def.): • A cohesive set of beliefs that form a general philosophy (theory) about the role of government Liberal • Political and social reform • Government intervention in economy • Federal social services • Minorities, poor, and women • Consumers • Environment Conservative • Supports social and economic status quo • Against large government • Against economic intervention • Favor social intervention Differences in Values and Attitudes • Gender gab • Age Gap • Ideological Gap Opinion and the Government 1. The marketplace of ideas (what shapes public opinion) 2. The Governments role in shaping opinion
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