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What is the traditional method of public opinion?

Election results

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What is the primary method of measuring public opinion?

Public opinion polls

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Estimation of population's views

Samples

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Accuracy of a poll is expressed by what

sampling error

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What was the biggest error with the Courier Journal poll?

Dishonesty by respondents

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Opinions of citizens that are openly stated

Public opinion

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The process by which people acquire their political opinions, beliefs, and values

Political socialization

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Process is ____: political affiliations usually grow firmer with age

cumulative

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These entities are:
- peers
- media
- leaders
- events

Secondary political socialization agents

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Reference points by which individuals evaluate issues and developments

frames of reference

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Emotional loyalty to a political party; not formal membership

Party identification

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- A coherent set of political beliefs

Political ideology

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What are these examples of?
- economic liberals/conservatives
- social liberals/conservatives
- populists
- libertarians

Political ideology learnings

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How many Americans have a true political ideology?

Few

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What are these examples of?
- religion
- economic class
- region
- race and ethnicity
- gender
- generations and age

group orientations

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What is the traditional method of measuring public opinion?

election results

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What is the primary method of measuring public opinion?

public opinion polls

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Estimation of population's views

samples

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Accuracy of a poll is expressed by what?

Sampling error

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What are some problems with polls?

- increasing refusal to participate in telephone polls
- polled individuals unfamiliar with issues
- dishonesty by respondents
- poorly worded questions and poor question order
- non-opinions

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Are there limits on public influence?

Yes, including:
- citizens lack of understanding of issues

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The greater the level of public involvement, the _____ likely officials will respond to public sentiment

More likely

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Leaders can influence public opinion through what?

Concerted effort

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T/F: On popular issues leaders dont really have much discretion

False. even on popular issues, leaders have some discretion