Chapter 6 AP gov vocab

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Agenda Setting
Determining public policy questions to be debated or considered
Consensus
General agreement among the citizenry on an issue
Divisive Opinion
Public Opinion that is polarized between two quite different positions
Gender Gap
Difference between the percentage of women who vote for a particular candidate and the percentage of men who vote for the candidate.
Generational Effect
long lasting effect of generational events that influences ones political opinions
life cycle effect
theory that age specific attitudes generate age-specific attitudes
Managed News
info made and spread by the government in a way that government interests priority over candor
nonopinion
The lack of an opinion on an issue or policy among the majority
opinion leader
Person capable of influencing others due to position, personality, or personality
opinion poll
Method of systematically questioning a small, selected sample of respondents who are deemed representative of a total population.
peer group
Group of members that share common social characteristics. Help socialization by shaping attitudes and beliefs
political socialization
Process by which people acquire political beliefs/attitudes
political trust
Degree to which individuals express trust in the government and political institutions, usually measured through a specific series of survey questions
public opinion
The aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs shared by some portion of the adult population
sampling error
Difference between a sample's results and the whole population's true results
socioeconomic status
value assigned to a person based on occupation or income