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gov ch 8 test
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Why is public opinion difficult to define?
because it includes the views of many people on many issues
Schools influence a child's political development by teaching which of the following?
a. American values
b. family values
c. school mandate
d. team sport
Which form of mass media is used most widely?
after WWII how was the opinion of most people toward the government different than it was 20 years later
What is the best way to measure public opinion?
What explains a problem with the sample of a straw poll?
it is not random
Why can't the U.S. be governed based on public opinion polls?
our system of government limits the power of public opinion
what usually provides political news in greater detail than other forms of media?
how do the mass media influence politics?
by helping to shape the public agenda
how does the media help to shape the public agenda?
by focusing public attention on particular issues
how do schools influence the political development of children?
they teach about the importance of government and its leaders
The failed Literary Digest poll of 1936 did not...
correctly reflect the universe to be measured
typically the most in-depth coverage of national politics and public affairs is offered by...
What is a winning party saying when it claims to have a mandate from voters?
that it has approval to carry out its campaign promises
Which best describes the universe in a scientific a randomly selected group of peoplea from three major cities
b. every person's opinion in the U.S. and the world
c. the whole group that the poll wants to measure
d. the opinions expressed in the mass media poll
the whole group that the poll wants to measure
Which describes a quota sample used in the polling process?
a. part of the sample is selected by different opinion leaders
b. the sample is constructed to create a large number of responses
c. the sample has the same percentage of males and females as the universe
d. the sample is randomly selected to reflect the universe
the sample has the same percentage of males and females as the universe
when evaluating poll results, what is the permanence of a person's opinion called?
name a concern of polls conducted by "in-person" interviews?
the interviewer could influence the answers
how does the U.S. government limit the power of public opinion?
it protects minority interests and allows them to be heard
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to make good use of which form of mass media?
which form of mass media probably is most influential on public opinion in the U.S.?
One way historical events of the 1960s and 1970s have affected public opinion is that...
many americans have less trust in government
why are the media not a good way of measuring public opinion?
the media often reflect only the views of a vocal minority
the most widely used sources for political news and information are television and...
People who have an unusually strong influence on the views of others are called...
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