A very popular presidential candidate pulls in many voters for his party, resulting in the elections of several other members of his party running of State and local offices
Which of the following is an example of the coattail effect
To raise money to influence elections and public policy on behalf of special-interest groups
function of a political action committee (PAC)?
Tuesday-after the first Monday in November of every even-numbered year
Most elections happen on the date Congress set for national elections, which is
Absentee voting and early voting
By what two methods can voters cast their ballots on days other than the official Election Day
usually payday and dont's want people to become subject to campaign pressures
Why does voting not take place on the first day of the month
A blanket primary is one in which
Every voter gets a ballot listing every candidate, regardless of party, for every nomination to be made at the primary
They prevent on party of "raiding" the other's primary
What is the main argument in support of closed primaries
1) printed at public expense
2) lists names of all candidates
3) given out at the polls, one to each qualified voter
4) marked in secret
4 parts to the Australian ballot
A faulty method of gathering information by asking the same question of a large number of people
What is a straw vote?
What is a sample in which each member of the universe and each geographic area within it have a mathematically equal chance of being included?
What is a sample deliberately constructed to reflect several of the major characteristics of a given universe?
Children raised by caregivers with particular political views tend to _____________ those views when they become adults
1)Define the universe; 2) construct a sample; 3) prepare valid questions; 4) select and control a poll method; and 5) analyze and report findings
What are the basic steps in the polling process?
What term refers to attitudes held by a significant number of people on matters of government and politics?
What term refers to communication that reaches large, widely dispersed audiences simultaneously?
______________includes all of the goals that a government pursues in the many areas of human affairs in which it is involved
A _________________is an interest group that focuses on a particular segment of the business community.
He distrusted them and warned that they must be carefully controlled
What was James Madison's view of interest groups, or "factions" as he called them?
They sometimes wield power far out of proportion with their importance
One valid criticism of interest groups is that
Committing bribery and making threats of revenge
A few interest groups use tactics that threaten to undermine the whole political system. Examples of such tactics are
Stimulating interest in public affairs
Providing useful information to the government
Keeping tabs on government activities
main functions of interest groups
Institute certain public policies of benefit to all or most people in this country
Pubic-interest groups seek to
If an interest group attaches an unflattering label to discredit a public official's position on an issue, it is using a persuasive technique called
Interest groups try to influence ________________, which includes all of the goals that a government pursues on behalf of the people
Interest groups help to stimulate interest in ________________, or those issues and events that concern the people at large
An interest group that concentrates its efforts on one issue, such as abortion, gun control, or health care is a
1)To supply the public with information; 2) to build a positive image for the group; 3) to promote a particular public policy
What are the three major goals of interest groups?