Oct. 4 - Political Science October 4, 2010 Public Opinion...

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Political Science October 4, 2010 Public Opinion 1. Why study public opinion? a. [V.O Key] Those opinions held by private individuals which governments find it prudent to heed a.i. This definition doesn’t matter if afraid to say it, but governments still prudent to pay attention to b. [Patterson] The politically relevant opinions held by ordinary citizens that they express openly c. Example: health care – look at public opinion to speculate political success (Democrats v. Republicans contend for political power) and to see economic affect on general public c.i. In short run, slight positive impact but long run effects ambiguous c.ii. Politicians try to get people to think in certain ways about the policy so a large public relations battle and manipulate public—republicans demonize bill while democrats glorify the bill d. Every society worries about public opinion and government is always concerned i.e. 1984: government very paranoid about negative feelings towards government e. Public opinion important because people elect politician so for big things (like
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