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13 terms

politics ch 5

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political efficacy
belief that citizens can make a difference in politics by expressing an opinion or acting politically
socialization
how ppl learn political beliefs (through families, schools, communities, religious institutions etc)
political efficacy
belief that the citizen can make a difference in politics by expressing an opinion or acting politically
sampling error
problem with opinion polls: chance variaiton that occurs as result of using representative, but small sample to estimate characteristics of a larger population
selection bias
distortion caused when a sampling methis systematically includes or excludes people with certain attitudes from the sample
focus groups
small groups of ppl brought together to talk about issues or candidates: too small to provide estimates of public opinion, but useful for testing appeal of ads, terms, slogans etc.
measurement error
error that arises from attempting to measure something as subjective as opinion
Roe v. Wade
legalized abortion
planned parenthood v. casey
legalized abortion
information cost
time and mental effort requird to absorb and store information, whether from conversations, personal experiences, or media
issue public
group of people particularly affected by or concerned with a specific issue
political elites
people deeply involved in politics, have well-structured ideologies that bind together their positions on different policy issues
mass public
ordinary people for whom politics is not very important