POLI 101 - reading notes

POLI 101 - reading notes - Chapter 6 Public opinion rarely...

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Chapter 6 Public opinion rarely forces officials to take a particular course of action. o Public opinion has an important influence on government but ordinarily does not directly determine exactly what officials will do. Public opinion works primarily to place limits on the choices made by officials. What is public opinion and why is it important in the American political process? o Public opinion will be viewed as the politically relevant opinions held by ordinary citizens that they express openly. o American’s idea to retain public opinion and the majority view. A major theme is that public opinion is a powerful yet inexact force. Government policy cannot be understood apart from public opinion, but it is not a precise determinant of that policy Public opinion is viewed as the politically relevant opinions held by ordinary citizens that they express openly. What is a public opinion poll? o A relatively few individuals (sample) are interviewed in order to estimate the opinions of a whole population. o Must be a random sample –probability sampling: a sample in which each individual in the population has a known probability of being chosen at random for inclusion. o About 1,000 should be interviewed. o The science of polling is such that the size of the sample is the key to accurate estimates (not the size of population) o Representation is also important. Public opinion poll is not “people-in-the- street” interview.
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