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Gove in america: people, politics and policy Ch. 6 1st half
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the distribution of the population's beliefs about politics and policy issues
the science of population changes
A valuable tool for understanding demographic changes. The Constitution requires that the government conduct an "actual enumeration" of the population every 10 years.
the mixing of cultures, ideas, and peoples that has changed the American nation. The United States, with its history of immigration, has often been called a melting pot.
the emergence of a non-Caucasian majority, as compared with a White, generally Anglo-Saxon majority. It is predicted that by about 2060, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans together will outnumber White Americans.
an overall set of values widely shared within a society
the process of reallocating seats in the House of Representatives every 10 years on the basis of the results of the census.
according to Richard Dawson "the process through which an individual acquires his or her particular political orientations- his or her knowledge, feelings, and evaluations regarding his or her political world."
A relatively small proportion of people who are chosen in a survey so as to be representative of the whole.
The Key technique employed by sophisticated survey researchers, which operates on the principle that everyone should have an equal probability of being selected for the sample.
the level of confidence in the findings of a public opinion poll. The more people interviewed, the more confident one can be of the results.
random- digit dialing
a technique used by pollsters to place telephone calls randomly to both listed and unlisted numbers when conducting a survey.
Public opinion surveys used by major media pollsters to predict electoral winners with speed and precision.
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