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American Political System
Tarah F. Williams
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Date Created: 10/13/16
Chapter 6 I. What is public opinion? a. Describes what the population thinks about politics and government b. Matters for 3 reasons i. Citizens’ political actions including voting, contributing to campaigns,  writing letters to senators, and undertaking other kinds of activism are  driven by their opinions ii. Eliminating public opinion helps explain the behavior of candidates,  political parties, and political actors iii. Can shed light on the reasons for specific policy outcomes c. Distinguish between two types: i. Opinions that are performed 1. How a person thinks about politics, what he or she wants from  government, principles that apply across a range of issues ii. Opinions that are formed on the spot d. Latent opinions: they are constructed only as needed e. Considerations: pieces of relevant information II. Sources of opinions a. Socialization: many people’s political opinions start with what they learned from  their parents, including liberal or conservative ideology, level of trust in others,  class identity, and ethnic identity  b. Events: all kinds of events can capture a person’s attention and cause her to revise her understanding of politics and the role of government c. Realignment: a nationwide shift in which many people move from identifying  with one political party to identifying with another d. Group identity: opinions influenced by social categories or groups, such as  gender, race, and education level e. Politicians and other political actors: opinions are subject to influence by  politicians and other political actors III. Measuring Public Opinion a. Social desirability bias: people are less willing to admit actions of express  opinions that they think their neighbors or society at large will disagree with b. Policy mood: captures the public’s collective demands for government action on  domestic policies


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