Chapter 6 Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Sharing the people's voice
Chapter 6 Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Sharing the people's voice POSI 2310
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Chapter 6 Public Opinion & political socialization: sharing the people's voice Key Terms Public opinion- the politically relevant opinions of ordinary citizens that are expressed openly Political socialization- people acquire attachments and opinions which originate from information they have acquired Public opinion poll- estimates the views of sentiments in the public Populism- is a political philosophy supporting greater economic equality & traditional social values Libertarianism- is a political philosophy supporting individual liberty in social & economic areas of life Economic Liberalism- is a political philosophy that believes governments should aide those in need Economic Conservation- is a political philosophy that believes the free market should dictate the workings of the economy Agenda Setting effect- is when people pay more attention to issues highlighted in the media. Random Sampling- everyone in the population has an equal chance of being interviewed Populism- supporting greater economic equality while holding traditional views on social issues Economic liberals- people who believe that the government should use its power to help the poor Selective Perception- people choosing the elements that support the things they already believe from incoming information Sampling error – is the degree of accuracy of a public opinion poll Key things to know Expressions of public opinion include : The turn out at a political rally The approval rating for a city's mayor Participating in a telephone poll for a national election Political views are greatly influenced by many factors including economic status, religion , family, & the media. Men are more likely to support the use of military force and women are more likely to support helping the poor. People's opinions of politics are mostly formed through leaning toward particular ideas and identifying with a political party. The socialization process results in schemas, or frames of reference that citizens use to evaluate issues and developments, and it helps in forming a common cause. When social or economic differences are low in a neighborhood it leads to a society with fewer crosscutting groups. For a lot of people religion plays a big part in their political opinions. Most Democratic voters live in the west coast, northeast, and northern Midwest. There are 2 dominant ideas in the US: liberalism & conservatism. Different issues cause different results in public opinion polls. Children are taught patriotism in schools by learning to admire the founding fathers & reciting the pledge of allegiance. Blacks & Hispanics are more likely to support affirmative action & economic assistance programs. When public opinion changes on a major issue , political leaders tend to change their positions in the direction of the opinion change. Young people's views are influenced when a major political development occurs, such as war or economic depression
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