9780023340420

American Public Opinion

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    9780023340420

  • ISBN10:

    0023340428

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/1/1995
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Public Opinion in Democratic Societies
1(21)
1-1 Public Opinion and Government
1(5)
1-2 Public Opinion Defined
6(2)
1-3 The Evolution of the Public Opinion Poll
8(4)
1-4 The Modern Opinion Poll and Its Consequences
12(3)
1-5 Sources of Information on Public Opinion
15(1)
1-6 Linkage Models Between Public Opinion and Public Policies
16(3)
1-7 Plan of the Book
19(3)
Chapter 2 Polling: The Scientific Assessment of Public Opinion
22(31)
2-1 Sampling
25(9)
2-2 Question Wording
34(5)
2-3 The Misuse of Surveys
39(3)
2-4 Interpreting Scientific Surveys
42(7)
2-5 Conclusion
49(4)
Chapter 3 Microlevel Opinion: The Psychology of Opinion Holding
53(34)
3-1 Political Attention and Opinion-Holding
55(10)
3-2 Liberal-Conservative Ideology and the Organization of Opinions
65(13)
3-3 Party Identification and the Organization of Political Opinions
78(9)
Chapter 4 Macrolevel Opinion: The Flow of Political Sentiment
87(31)
4-1 Trends in Policy Opinions
88(6)
4-2 General Ideological Movement
104(3)
4-3 General Partisan Movement
107(2)
4-4 Presidential Approval
109(6)
4-5 Conclusion: What Moves Public Opinion
115(3)
Chapter 5 Political Socialization and Political Learning
118(30)
5-1 The Preadult Years: Socialization to Citizenship
118(6)
5-2 The Agents of Preadult Socialization
124(13)
5-3 Political Generations
137(7)
5-4 The Persistence of Political Orientations
144(2)
5-5 Conclusion
146(2)
Chapter 6 Public Opinion and Democratic Stability
148(29)
6-1 Support for Democratic Values
149(10)
6-2 Political Consensus
159(3)
6-3 Political Support: Trust and Efficacy
162(7)
6-4 Personality and Public Opinion
169(6)
6-5 Conclusion
175(2)
Chapter 7 Group Differences in Political Opinions
177(39)
7-1 Socioeconomic Class and Political Opinions
177(11)
7-2 Race and Political Opinions
188(7)
7-3 Age and Political Opinions
195(1)
7-4 Religion and Political Opinions
196(8)
7-5 Geography and Opinions
204(5)
7-6 Gender and Political Opinions
209(3)
7-7 Conclusion
212(4)
Chapter 8 The Print and Broadcast Media and Political Opinions
216(32)
8-1 The Mass Media and Their Political Content
217(7)
8-2 Mass Media Influence on Public Opinion
224(13)
8-3 Television and Election Campaigns
237(9)
8-4 Conclusion
246(2)
Chapter 9 Elections as Instruments of Popular Control
248(33)
9-1 Political Campaigns and the Voter
249(6)
9-2 Policy Issues and Voters
255(14)
9-3 Explaining Election Outcomes
269(9)
9-4 Conclusions
278(3)
Chapter 10 The Public and Its Elected Representatives
281(28)
10-1 Opinion Sharing Between Policymakers and the Public
281(5)
10-2 Leadership Responsiveness to Public Opinion
286(9)
10-3 How Elected Officials Learn Public Opinion
295(7)
10-4 Do Elected Officials Need to Follow Public Opinion?
302(5)
10-5 Conclusion
307(2)
Chapter 11 Parties and Interest Groups: Mediating Institutions and Representation
309(26)
11-1 Political Parties and Representation
310(13)
11-2 Interest Groups and Representation
323(12)
Chapter 12 Public Opinion and the Performance of Democracy
335(13)
12-1 Assessing the Impact of Public Opinion on Policy
335(6)
12-2 Interpreting the Public's Role in Democracy
341(4)
12-3 The Expansion of Political Participation
345(3)
Appendix The National Election Study and the General Social Survey Questions 348(7)
References 355(30)
Index 385

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