POLS 206 21711

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POLS 206 2/17/11 Public Opinion and Political Action Introduction -Public Opinion *-The distribution of the population’s beliefs about politics and policy issues -Demography -The science of population changes -Census -A valuable tool for understanding population changes -Required every 10 years by the Constitution The American People *-Political culture is an overall set of values widely shared within a society. -The Regional Shift -Population shift from east to west -Reapportionment: the process of reallocating seats in the House of Representatives every 10 years on the basis of the results of the census -The Graying of America -Fastest growing age group is over 65 -Potential drain on Social Security -Pay as you go system -In 1942, 42 workers per retiree -In 2040, 2 workers per retiree How Americans Learn About Politics: Political Socialization -Political Socialization: -“the process through which an individual acquires [their] particular political orientation” -Orientation grow firmer with age
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