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American Public Opinion : Its Origin, Contents, and Impact

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Edition:
7th
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9780321107534

ISBN10:
0321107535
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Longman
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
ix
Credits for Figures and Tables xiii
Preface xvii
Public Opinion in Democratic Societies
1(22)
Public Opinion and Government
1(4)
Public Opinion Defined
5(2)
The Evolution of the Public Opinion Poll
7(4)
The Modern Public Opinion Poll and Its Political Consequences
11(3)
Sources of Information on Public Opinion
14(3)
Linkage Models between Public Opinion and Public Policies
17(3)
Plan of this Book
20(3)
Polling: The Scientific Assessment of Public Opinion
23(30)
The Value of Polls
23(2)
Sampling
25(10)
Question Wording
35(4)
The Misuse of Surveys
39(3)
Polls and Predicting Elections
42(6)
Conclusion
48(5)
Microlevel Opinion: The Psychology of Opinion-Holding
53(32)
Political Attention and Opinion-Holding
55(11)
Liberal-Conservative Ideology and the Organization of Opinions
66(11)
Party Identification and the Organization of Political Opinions
77(8)
Macrolevel Opinion: The Flow of Political Sentiment
85(31)
Trends in Policy Opinions
86(17)
General Ideological Movement
103(1)
General Partisan Movement
104(4)
Presidential Approval
108(6)
Conclusion: What Moves Public Opinion?
114(2)
Political Socialization and Political Learning
116(32)
The Preadult Years: Socialization to Citizenship
117(6)
The Agents of Preadult Socialization
123(12)
Socialization During Adulthood
135(8)
The Persistence of Political Orientations
143(1)
Conclusion
144(4)
Public Opinion and Democratic Stability
148(29)
Support for Democratic Values
149(11)
Political Consensus
160(2)
Political Support: Trust and Efficacy
162(7)
Personality and Public Opinion
169(5)
Conclusion
174(3)
Group Differences in Political Opinions
177(36)
Socioeconomic Class and Political Opinions
177(10)
Race and Political Opinions
187(4)
Age and Political Opinions
191(4)
Religion and Political Opinions
195(7)
Geography and Political Opinions
202(4)
Gender and Political Opinions
206(4)
Conclusion
210(3)
The News Media and Political Opinions
213(33)
The Evolution of the American Media
214(6)
Bias and Negativity in the News
220(7)
Models of Media Effects
227(7)
Media Content and Political Opinions
234(3)
The News Source and Comprehension
237(3)
An Informed Electorate? Television News and Campaign Ads
240(3)
Conclusion
243(3)
Elections as Instruments of Popular Control
246(28)
Political Campaigns and the Voter
247(6)
Policy Issues and Voters
253(10)
Explaining Election Outcomes
263(7)
Conclusion
270(4)
The Public and Its Elected Leaders
274(27)
Opinion Sharing Between Policymakers and the Public
275(2)
Political Parties and Representation
277(9)
Leadership Responsiveness to Public Opinion
286(7)
Do Elected Officials Need to Follow Public Opinion?
293(4)
Interest Groups and Democratic Representation
297(3)
Conclusion
300(1)
Public Opinion and the Performance of Democracy
301(14)
Assessing the Impact of Public Opinion on Policy
302(6)
Interpreting the Public's Role in Democracy
308(3)
The Expansion of Political Participation
311(4)
Appendix 315(6)
References 321(30)
Index 351


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