Ch 6 American Government & Politics
Vocabulary and important terms or cases from the American Government & Politics Today 2010-2011 Brief Edition
Terms in this set (23)
the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs shared by some portion of the adult population
General agreement among the citizenry on an issue.
public opinion that is polarized between two quite different positions
the process through which individuals acquire their political beliefs and values
A group consisting of members sharing common social characteristics. These groups play an important part in the socialization process, helping to shape attitudes and beliefs.
one who is able to influence the opinions of others because of position, expertise, or personality
the channels of mass communication
determining which public-policy questions will be debated or considered
a long-lasting effect of the events of a particular time on the political opinions of those who came of political age at that time
the 1972 illegal entry into the democratic national committee offices by participants in president richard nixon's reelection campaign
The difference between the percentage of women who vote for a particular candidate and the percentage of men who vote for the candidate.
A method of systematically questioning a small, selected sample of respondents who are deemed representative of the total population.
the difference between a sample's results and the true result if the entire population had been interviewed
The degree to which individuals express trust in the government and political institutions, usually measured through a specific series of survey questions.
Issues that are perceived by the political community as meriting public attention and governmental action.
a brief, memorable comment that can easily be fit into news broadcasts
an interpretation of campaign events or election results that is favorable to the candidate's campaign strategy
a political campaign adviser who tries to convince journalists of the truth of a particular interpretation of events
An inclination or preference that interferes with impartial judgement.
Sources of political socialization
Family and social environment, education, peer to peer groups, opinion leaders are examples of ____________.
Problems with Polls
only a snapshot of public opinion at one specific time. Sampling errors, Poll questions, and unscientific or Fraudulent polls are some of the problems.
Functions of the Media
Entertainment, reporting the news, identify public problems/public agenda, socialize new generation, provide political forums, make profits.
TV coverage during campaigns
three types: advertising, management of news coverage, and campaign debates.
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