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Unformatted text preview: 1 September 13 Terms Terms: Consensus Median Voter Opinion Leader Gender Gap I. What is Public Opinion? II. Is the Public Educated? III. Political Socialization IV. Voting Behavior The aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by the adult population. Does public opinion affect decision ‐ makers? Should public opinion affect decision ‐ makers? A. Consensus B. Divisive Opinion C. Nonopinion When a large proportion of the public appears to express the same view on an issue. 1% Do you favor or oppose all immigrants who apply to be U.S. citizens be required to learn English? 89% 10% Favor Oppose Unsure When the public holds widely differing attitudes. % Do you support or oppose giving illegal immigrants a right to stay here legally if they pay a fine and meet other requirements? 49% 46% 5% Support Oppose Unsure 2 When the public indicates no interest or no information about an issue. Which party do you think can do a better job handling immigration issues? 30% 31% 26% 13% Democrats Republicans Both or Neither Unsure A. Measures of Public Intelligence B. Education vs. Opinion C. Median Voter Theorem D. Rational Ignorance Theorem “The best argument against democracy is a five...
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- Fall '07
- Media, Prime number, McCain, economic status, (dem)