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Oct 7 Notes - 1. How is public opinion studied? a. Sample...

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1. How is public opinion studied? a. Sample Survey a.i. Good questions a.ii. Probability sampling b. In depth small sample interviews c. Focus Groups 2. Interest Groups a. What are interest groups and why do they arise? a.i. An interest group is a n organized group which attempts to influence government policy decisions without officially entering election contests b. Madison and the danger of faction b.i. James Madison Definition b.i.1. By a faction, I understand a number of citizens whether amounting to a majority or a minority to a whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community. b.ii. …the latent causes of factions are…sown in the nature of man… b.ii.1. So strong is this propensity of mankind, to fail in mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to
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