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TX Gov Exam 3
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Most of the information that people have about their government, particularly on the state and federal levels, comes directly or indirectly through
the mass media
The unofficial fourth branch of the government is
the mass media
The media have become a major institution linking governments to
Television has been criticized for putting
style over substance
Most Texas voters get to know a candidate through
In order to keep minorities, especially African Americans, from voting in the early twentieth century, Texas elites used
Jim Crow laws
During the era of the Shivercrats, Texas developed and utilized a voting pattern in which
Texas voted Republican at a national level, while retaining its Democratic leanings at the state and local level.
In presidential election years, state party conventions
select delegates to their parties' national nominating convention, select members to their parties' national committees and choose presidential electors
Currently, the most successful third party in Texas is
the Libertarian Party
The intent of the Open Meetings Act and the Public Information Act is to insure that
the public's business is conducted in public
A trial balloon occurs when
a government official leaks an item to test public reaction.
Which of the following statements best describes public opinion?
It is the aggregation of individual views about political issues, leaders, and institutions.
Which of the following describes liberals?
They tend to support social and cultural change
Which of the following can be said of conservatives?
They typically support government involvement in promoting social order, such as emphasizing the role of religion.
In the 2018 Texas governor race, some of the worst characteristics of contemporary political campaigning occurred, including
the huge inequity of money between the two main candidates, Greg Abbott and Lupe Valdez
Between 1900 and 1950, the main political conflict in Texas was between
Liberal and Conservative Democrats
In the most basic sense, elections serve to
make governments legitimate and assure popular support for those who make decisions
The media plays only a minimal role in governor's race.
Millions of young adults are ill-informed and indifferent to the actions and decisions of their leaders and governmental institutions in this ____________ age.
A legislator's spokesperson who presents information in the best possible light for his or her boss would be putting a ____________ on the story.
Several reasons have been given for __________ in Texas. Some of the reasons are that Texans feel s a sense of disenchantment, disillusion or downright alienation while still others care, but feel that a single vote is not enough to make a difference.
low voter turnout
The theory or model of _____________-voting, is the idea that we (the voter) reward or punish a candidate or party based on performance.
Early voting in Texas makes it possible for a person to vote early
without having to state a reason
In reporting Clayton William's "weather and rape" story, the press took into consideration
embarrassing the candidate and society's increasing sensitivity to sexual abuse and harassment.
Which of the following most accurately describes the Texas party system during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century?
Texas was one-party conservative Democrat
Campaigning is now built around mass media and has replaced the ______________ as the main information link between the government and voters.
The most significant voting law change in recent years is known as the ______________ which greatly expanded voter registration in Texas.
Motor Voter Law
Most members of the Capitol press corps are very serious about their role as
The Rise of the Information age
has not created a more informed society
The U.S. Founding Fathers recognized that a free press is an independent conduit of information that is essential to making a representative democracy work.
What is the most important factor when deciding to run for office in Texas?
-A structured organization
-Support from the national party
What year did Texas give women the right to vote in Texas elections?
What is the purpose of a bond election?
To ask voter approval for the government to borrow money
The following is true regarding voting in Texas?
Public policies in Texas have traditionally reflected conservative values
During the Vietnam War many people believed that individuals who were required to comply with the draft and risk death should no longer be denied the right to vote. This movement culminated with the
Family, school and church are all agents of
The ________________ approach includes trial election or poll stories that show the candidate's voter appeal at different stages of a campaign.
Examples of a "feel good" spot would NOT include
charging an opponent with a weakness
Political parties are by nature
Which of the following describes public opinion?
It is the collection of individual views about political issues, leaders, and institutions.
The basic definition of demographics is
The study of populations
Poll taxes were eliminated by
The 24th Amendment of the US Constitution
White Primaries were eliminated by
The court case of Smith v. Allwright 1944
Literacy Tests were eliminated by
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
Grandfather Clauses were eliminated by
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
The power of the media to draw public attention to particular issues is called
Which of these would be an example of the illusion of saliency?
An elected official believing that term limits for members of Congress is the most important issue to voters because he saw a poll indicating that 78 percent of Texans support term limits
Why do polling agencies use samples?
Because it would be too expensive to get the opinions of all people
Modern American polling was created by _________________ in the 1940s
Texas voter identification law_____________.
was supported by Republicans, who argued it would reduce voter fraud
A media member asked you how you voted and why
A poll shows a +/- of 3.5-4.5%
A poll is conducted asking only UTSA students regarding library services
A polling company uses an anonymous phone list to conduct their polling
Analyzes shifts in attitudes, perceptions, and support for candidates during campaigns
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