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POS 1041 week of 3/28 notes

by: Jessica Ralph

POS 1041 week of 3/28 notes POS 1041

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American Government: national
Bob Jackson
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jessica Ralph on Monday April 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to POS 1041 at Florida State University taught by Bob Jackson in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 20 views.


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Date Created: 04/04/16
 Shapes of public opinion o Normal, bell-shaped curve o Skewed o Bi-modal  Potential problems and limitations with polling (even when you have a large random sample) o Problems with respondents  Non-attitudes  Political ignorance  Doorstep opinions: making opinion up on the spot even though they don’t have any information on subject  Aka illusion of saliency o Problems with surveys/polls  Questions wording  Welfare or assistance to the poor  Lead questions or “push polling”  Roper question  “does it seem possible or does it seem impossible to you that the Nazi extermination of the Jews never happened?”  question ordering  can politicians rely too much on polling? o Rally round the flag effect o Wag the dog scenario  Is polling the only way to measure public opinion? o Did “public opinion” exist before the 1930s?  Ginsberg’s “the captive public” o Polling has transformed public opinion  No longer a product of the efforts of concerned individuals  Presentation through attitudes rather than behaviors  Constrained responses rather than spontaneous assertions o Has the public lost control of “public opinion”? o How much should intensity of feeling count?  Fiorina’s argument o Americans are not bitterly and deeply divided, rather they are closely divided o People are uncertain about potentially divisive issues o Most are moderate in views and tolerant in manner o Why deep divisions?  Political leaders are more polarized than they used to be  Abortion: majority consistently respond: legal, but only under certain circumstances- extreme pro-life or pro-choice lobby  Homosexuality: increasing belief in civil rights for gays- younger Americans more tolerant and accepting o Abramowitz opposes Fiorina, conduct politics among party lines, and have to separate parties out more individually.


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