Schemas - reflect shifts in public opinion. Effective...

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Schemas A more encompassing way of looking at public opinion is through the concept of a  schema,  a term political scientists have borrowed from psychology. A  schema  is a set of  beliefs that people use to examine a specific subject. It is a mature outlook that draws  on life experiences and, in a sense, is the sum total of the influences of socialization,  background, and ideological convictions. Political affiliation is an example of a schema.  People who identify themselves as Roosevelt Democrats tend to support a large role for  government in society and favor legislation to assist the poor. Free-market Republicans,  on the other hand, tend to view government interference in commerce as a dangerous  loss of freedom, one that distorts markets and, therefore, makes society poorer by  reducing economic efficiency.  Effective leadership Politicians are often accused of following the polls too closely, altering their positions to 
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Unformatted text preview: reflect shifts in public opinion. Effective leaders, in contrast, help build a consensus on policies that they believe are in the best interest of the country. The role as an opinion-maker is almost always assumed by the president. George H. W. Bush, for example, was not very successful with his economic policy, especially when compared to Ronald Reagan; however, he did an excellent job capturing both American and international public opinion following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. The exact opposite can be said of his son. While George W. Bush had broad-based public support in the United States and around the world in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he was unable to hold onto that support through the war in Iraq....
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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