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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 13 Lecture 13 Public Opinion PLS 100: Intro to American National Government Professor Lee Michigan State University Lecture 13 Intro Public opinion Public opinion can be used by political actors to get what they want President and power to persuade What is it? Why might public opinion, as measured by polls, change over time? Are people too dumb for public opinion to make sense? 20/20 clip Next time: What exactly determines how individuals feel about politics? What implications does that have on voting behavior? Lecture 13 Intro What is public opinion? Its the sum of individual opinions Poll asking question to random sample of the population, e.g., Is spending on health care too low? Aggregate those results. What percentage of people support vs. oppose some issue? Use public opinion to achieve goals. Public opinion influences what politicians do Politicians may try to influence public opinion to get what they want, e.g., Obama at townhall meetings building support Lecture 13 Intro Explaining changes in public opinion...
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