Politics Chapter 6 Vocab
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The aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs shared by some portion of the adult population.
General agreement among the citizenry on an issue.
Public opinion that is polarized between to quite different positions.
the lack of opinion on an issue or policy among the majority.
the process by which people acquire political beliefs and attitudes.
groups consisting of members sharing common social characteristics. These groups play an important part in the socialization process, helping to shape attitudes and beliefs.
People who are able to influence the opinions of others because of position, expertise, or personality.
channels of mass communication
determining which public policy questions will be debated or considered.
information generated and distributed by the government in such a way as to give government interests priority or candor.
Life Cycle Effect
Concept that people change as they grow because of specific experiences and are likely to hold age specific attitudes.
A long-lasting effect of the events of a particular time on the political opinions of those who came of political age at that time.
The value assigned to a person due to occupation or income. An upper-class person, for example, has high socioeconomic status.
The difference between the percentage of women who vote for a particular candidate and the percentage of men who vote for the candidate.
method of systematically questioning a small, selected sample of respondents who are deemed representative of the total population.
The difference between a sample's results and the true result if the entire population had been interviewed.
the degree to which individuals express trust in the government and political institutions, usually measured through a specific series of survey questions.