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Public Opinion Bianco & Canon, Ch. 5
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Public Opinion n opinions held by citizens which  governments find it prudent to heed. n Implies Public Opinion Matters: Citizens’ Actions Driven by Opinions masses n How realistic (or unrealistic) is this?
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Paradoxical Aspects of Public Opinion n Initial Studies of Public Opinion Found: Low Levels Political Sophistication (ignorance) Public Holds inconsistent views n Recent Studies: Public doesn’t think a lot about politics, so  inconsistency not surprising Consistency becoming more stable
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Characteristics of Public Opinion n Examples of Inconsistencies/Instability in  Specific Issues n specific cuts offered, support wanes. Health Care n Majority Support of Reform, but Support Erodes as  Specifics Added n Support highly variable after reform passed
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Inconsistency
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