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Here's some of the key factors in the things we need to study for the exam!
King,Kimi Lynn
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This 3 page Study Guide was uploaded by Melisa Ceman on Thursday September 29, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to PSCI 1050 at University of North Texas taught by King,Kimi Lynn in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 109 views. For similar materials see AMERICAN GOVERNMENT in Political Science at University of North Texas.

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Date Created: 09/29/16
SES- socio economic status State is responsible for regulating votes Franchise The right to vote Election day registration Makes voter turnout rate higher 2 party system is not constitutional Presidential elections happen every 4 years Midterm elections happen every 2, when there is not a presidential election SCOTUS- supreme court of the United States Muckraking Journalists use to clean problems; propose Watergate scandals Nixon tapes secret information in the White House Iran-contra US selling weapons to Iran and money to Nicaragua Doctrine of no prior restraint “don’t like to sensor in advance, but cant just publish anything Yellow journalism Sensational negative criticism of issues and people Gate keeping bias Limiting range of topics/stories Social capital Helping.. Increases productivity by reducing costs Alexis de Tocqueville Observed US citizens and saw we had gifts for civic association (ex: forming groups to help people in need Robert Putnam Tries to figure out why there is less association, questions if people “really care anymore Public Opinion The distribution of the population's beliefs about politics and policy issues. Demographics Characteristics of the population used to generalize about public opinions. Census A valuable tool for understanding population changes. Reapportionment The process of reallocating seats in the House of Representatives every 10 years on the basis of the results of the census. Political Culture An overall set of values widely shared within a society. Political Socialization The process through which an individual acquires their political orientation. Exit Polls Polls of people as they leave the voting booth; used to predict election day winners. Political Ideology A coherent set of beliefs about politics, public policy, and public purpose. Political Participation All the activities used by citizens to influence the selection of political leaders or the policies they pursue. and to suffer the consequences Question wording/ordering makes a difference: different words elicit different responses Liberals ideas Spend less on military, less use of force, less military, support freedom of choice/abortion, opposed to prayer in school, favor affirmative action, view govt as regulator of public interest in market, want to tax the rich more, spend more on poor, believe we should solve the problems that start the crime, and guard defendant's rights carefully conservative ideas Maintain peace thru military, support military intervention, anti abortion, support prayer in school, oppose affirmative action, favor free-market, keep taxes on rich low, keep spending on poor low, be harsher to criminals, stop letting them hide behind laws. collective public opinion The rational opinion Public opinion on economy vs environment People support saving environment, but not on agenda since policies are expensive, so change on environmental policy is slow and arduous


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