Voting and Elections

Voting and Elections - Public Opinion, Voting, and...

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Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections Reference: Ch. 6
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Public Opinion Public Opinion has become more important over time in politics “Myth of the Popular Will”; Andrew Jackson and the “Common Man,” Trends toward direct democracy Public Opinion’s role in representative government Public Opinion Polls (measure public opinion) Straw polls vs. systematic polls Systematic polls are based on Statistical Quality Control : random sampling, margin of error, large sample size, quality of questions, etc. What differentiates a “good poll” from a “bad poll”?
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Public Opinion Cont’d How are opinions formed? Attitude influences opinions Attitude (or political socialization) is a result of socializing agents: Family, School, Media, Peer Groups Opinions are a reaction to a stimulus (question in a poll) Object Presentation: How the question is worded will can influence one’s opinions Information State: How much does the person know about the question being asked? Distribution of Public Opinion (Causes and Effects)
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