11-12-07 - GOV 310L Topics: Measuring public opinion Nature...

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GOV 310L 12/11/2007 12:03:00 Topics: Measuring public opinion Nature of public opinion Ideology Why low turnout in not a problem conservative argument: high turnout indicates tension or conflict while low  turnout indicates that the people are content elitist argument: “smaller is smarter” radical argument: elections are a sham Why low voter turnout  is  a problem voters are not representative of the population as a whole o there is a concern that the “voters” (who are not representative of the  whole public) will get more $$$ and power in relation to their size.  This  will give more power to well educated, white, older citizens while not  giving appropriate attention to the other citizens politics will not address the issues that concern “real” people voting has an educational component that fosters individual development o voting makes you a better person and fascilitates individual  development.  It “makes you a better human being” and creates a  better citizenry. THIRD EXAM: “interest groups” through “public opinion” review in WAG 214 on Wednesday Public Opinion and U.S. Democracy source of legitimacy o public opinion give the legitimacy of the government and how they  govern.  It is used as a source of justification
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o this is why interest groups can use polls to elicit a response/action from 
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