Midterm 2 - CHAPTER NINE Opinions are shaped by individuals characteristics and institutional political and governmental forces Among the most

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CHAPTER NINE Opinions are shaped by individuals’ characteristics and institutional, political, and governmental forces. Among the most important influences shaping public opinion are the media. They have tremendous power to shape the public agenda and our images of politicians and policies. Generally, the government’s actions are consistent with public preferences. Public Opinion public’s attitude about political issues Values/Beliefs principles shaping a person’s opinion Political Ideology unified set of ideas that show a general view of the role of the government Attitude/Opinion specific preference on a particular issue Equality of Opportunity universally shared American ideal that all people should have the freedom to use any talent/wealth they have to reach their fullest potential Political Socialization training people about politics – learning the underlying beliefs upon which the political system is based Agencies of Socialization social issues, inc. families and schools, that help to shape individuals’ basic political beliefs Gender Gap distinctive pattern of voting behavior showing the difference between men and women Liberal supports political & social reform, extensive government in the economy, expanding federal social services, more effort for the poor, minorities & women, more
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2012 for the course POLSCI 111 taught by Professor Kollman during the Winter '10 term at University of Michigan.

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Midterm 2 - CHAPTER NINE Opinions are shaped by individuals characteristics and institutional political and governmental forces Among the most

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