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Individuals in a position of authority, often those with a higher level of education than the population at large.
The process by which individuals come to adopt the attitudes, values, beliefs, and opinions of their political culture.
Life Cycle Effects
The impact of age-related factors in the formation of political attitudes, opinions, and beliefs.
The impact of events experienced by a generational cohort on the formation of common political orientations.
The attribute of an individual's opinion that indicates a preference for or against a particular issue.
The attribute of an individual's opinion that indicates how central it is to her or his daily concerns.
The attribute of an individual's opinion that measures his or her amount of knowledge concerning the issue.
A campaign poll that measures a candidate's strength at the time of entrance into the electoral race.
Trial Heat Survey
A campaign poll that measures the popularity of competing candidates in a particular electoral race.
The people whose opinions are being estimated through interviews with samples of group members.
A sample design showing that each individual in the population has a known probability of being included in the sample.
Simple Random Sampling
Technique of drawing a sample for interview in which all members of the targeted population have the same probability of being selected for interview.
A sample design to ensure that each individual in the population has an equal chance of being chosen after the first name or number is chosen at random.
The belief that an individual's actions can have an impact on the political process.
A cohesive set of beliefs that form a general philosophy about the role of government.
Political philosophy that combines a belief in personal freedoms with the belief that the government should intervene in the economy to promote greater equality.
Political philosophy that rests on belief in traditional institutions and a minimal role for government in economic activity.
Political Philosophy expressing support for greater economic equality and for traditional social values.
Political philosophy that espouses strong support for individual liberty in both social and economic areas of life.
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