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AP Government: Political Beliefs and Behaviors
AP Government terms
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A distinctive way of thinking about how political and economic life ought to be carried out.
Views concerning the policies government ought to pursue.
Belief that one can be effective and have an impact on public affairs.
Statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it.
Social Status (Socioeconomic status, SES)
an individual's social standing or condition in society determined by both income and employment status.
Differences in political views between men and women.
Favoring maximum individual liberty in political and social reform. Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation.
an ideological belief in freedom of thought and speech.
A person who holds, or who is concerned with, the views of ordinary people.
People who think that personal freedom is as important as, or more important than, certain traditional moral rules and that those rules must be evaluated in light of the circumstances of modern life-circumstances that are quite complex, changeable, and dependent on individual preferences.
The ability to understand and take part in political affairs.
The ability to make the system respond to the citizenry.
The range of political thoughts, policies and approaches from the right to the left
not radical or excessively right- or left-wing
Characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all.
an advocate of a republic (usually in opposition to a monarchy)
A term coined by Joseph Kraft in 1968. Americans who have moved out of poverty but are not yet affluent and cherish traditional middle class values.
People who uphold traditional values, whatever their economic status. Especially against the counter culture of the 1960s.
a small group of people who control a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power.
New Deal Coalition
the alignment of interest groups and voting blocs that supported the New Deal and voted for Democratic presidential candidates from 1932 until the late 1960s
a sample in which every element in the population has an equal chance of being selected.
Sampling error/Margin of error
The number of errors acceptable in a survey. Usually expressed as a percentage.
A form of qualitative research in which a group of people are asked about their perceptions, opinions, beliefs and attitudes.
An ostensible opinion poll in which the true objective is to sway voters using loaded or manipulative questions.
people often do and believe things merely because many other people do and believe the same (snowball effect).
a poll of voters as they leave the voting place
Polling repeatedly over a period of time, with the intent of tracking changes in public opinion.
a question which creates incorrect results; often worded oddly, etc.
Voting Age Population
The number of persons in a geographic unit who are at least 18 years of age.
Motor-Voter Law (1993)
designed to reverse declining voter registration by allowing voters to register at motor vehicle departments.
test of potential voter's ability to read and write; once used in several states to prevent African Americans and other minorities from voting; outlawed by the 24th Amendment.
A fee imposed by a state or local government as a condition of voting, historically used as a way to prevent African Americans from voting.
clause in the constitutions of some Southern states after 1890 intended to permit whites to vote while disfranchising blacks: it exempted from new literacy and property qualifications for voting those men entitled to vote before 1867.
primary elections in the Southern States of the United States of America in which any non-White voter was prohibited from participating.
Voting Rights Act of 1965
abolished a set of tactics that had prevented most African Americans in the South from voting since the beginning of the twentieth century.
deprived of the rights of citizenship especially the right to vote.
26th amendment (1971)
standardized the voting age to 18.
23rd amendment (1961)
Appointment of presidential electors representing Washington, D.C.
15th amendment (1870)
No denying Right to Vote--- Race, Color, Servitude.
19th amendment (1920)
Cannot be deprived the right to vote based on sex.