Ch. 1. Understanding American Politics
Public attitudes about politics:
People negatively predisposed toward politics.
o Difficult subject matter, little information.
o Politics defined in large part by disagreem
Public Opinion: Citizens views on politics and government actions.
Liberal-conservative ideology: A way of describing political beliefs in terms of a
position on the spectrum from liberal to moderate to conservative.
Latent opinion: an opinion formed on t
Political Science 1301 001
A merican Government
F all 2011
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1. The free speech protections apply to pornography and obscenity laws because the first
amendment says that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs and if
someone wants to be apart of the industry and they feel like there is nothing wrong
Should people take time to learn more about who governs them and what policies are
under consideration? Or should we rely on
experts and interest groups to be involved in policymaking? Why do you think so?
I think that most people are not well informed a