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Unformatted text preview: -Not just polls: Can be expressed in a variety of ways. o Election results/voting behavior. o Social movements/ interest groups. o Op-eds/letters to the editor. o Etc. -Not self-evident : has to be collected. Polling -Evaluations of government and public officials. -Assessments of current economic/political circumstances. -Political orientations. -Issue stances. The Sieve of Public Opinion: From Most Fundamental to most Ephemeral -Demographics o Race, Gender, Age, etc. -Political Socialization o Parental attitudes/ideology/religion/class which are often passed down. -Politically-relevant resources o Income, education, political knowledge -Ideology o Personal beliefs about government, politics, economics, society. -Attitudes o Beliefs and preferences as expressed in polls....
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- Spring '06
- American Politics