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POLS Chapters 5 & 6
Terms in this set (15)
The term public opinion is used to describe...
The beliefs and attitudes that people have about issues, events, elected officials, and policies
Today, the term ---------------- refers to an ideology that supports social and political reform, greater economic equality, and expansion of government social services.
Variables such as income, education, race, gender, and ethnicity...
Have consistently been a challenge to America's core political values
A libertarian is someone who believes...
In freedom and voluntary association with small government
What is the process by which Americans learn political beliefs called?
Which of the following is not an agent of socialization?
All of the above are agents of socialization
When men and women respond differently to issues of public policy, this is an example of...
The gender gap
Which of the following are the most important external influences on how political opinions are formed in the marketplace of ideas?
The government, private groups, and the news media
The fact that the public is inattentive to politics and must frequently rely on informational shortcuts has which of the following effects on American democracy?
Weakens it by making it easier for various institutions and political actors to manipulate political process
Which of the following is the term used in public-opinion polling to denote a small group representing the opinions of the whole public?
Which statement best describes the relationship between public opinion and government policy?
The relationship between government policy and public opinion is dynamic, wherein government policy responds to public opinion but public opinion also shifts based on new government policies
Which of the following is true of push polling?
The questions are designed to shape the respondent's opinion rather than measure the respondent's opinion
In polling, the "bandwagon effect" occurs when...
Polling results influence people to support the candidate marked as the probable victor in a campaign
What is the expected error in a typical 1,000 person survey called?
Which of the following statements about newspapers is false?
They are still read on a daily basis by almost all Americans
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