Chapter 6

  1. generational effect
    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
  2. lifestyle effect
    the phenonmenon of certain attitudes occurring at certain chronological ages
  3. opinion leaders
    one who is able to influence the opinions of others because of position, expertise, or personality
  4. political socialization
    the process by which people acquire political beliefs and attitudes
  5. demographic factors influencing voting
    education, the influence of economic status, economic status and voting behavior, religious influence, race and ethnicity, the gender gap, geographic region
  6. public opinion polls
    method of systematically questioning a small, selected sample of respondents who are deemed representative of the total population
  7. consensus
    when a large proportion of the american public expresses the same view on an issue
  8. stability of public opion
    sampling errors: difference between the sample result and the true reult if the entire population had been interviewed
  9. push polls
    respondents are given misleading information in the questions asked to persuade them to vote against a candidate.
  10. public opinion and policy makers
    the aggregate of individual attitudes and beliefs, how much people will express their opinions determines when private opinion becomes public.
  11. divisive opinion
    polarized between two quite different positions
  12. agenda setting
    determines which public-policy questions will be discussed
  13. socioeconomic status
    the value assigned to a person due to occupation or income. an upperclass person has high socioeconomic status
  14. political trust
    the degree to which individuals express trust in the government and political institutions, usually measured through a specific series of survey questions
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