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American Public Opinion : Its Origins, Content, and Impact,9780205296965

American Public Opinion : Its Origins, Content, and Impact

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Edition:
6th
ISBN13:

9780205296965

ISBN10:
0205296963
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/1/2000
Publisher(s):
Pearson College Div
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Summary

American Public Opinion, Sixth Edition, provides the most comprehensive and readable treatment of public opinion and politics available. An in-depth analysis of public opinion, the text explores: public opinion's origins in political socialization; the impact of the media on public opinion; the relevance of public opinion to democratic values; political trust and social capital; and the role of public opinion for elections, political parties and interest groups. The Sixth Edition offers the most recent data and analysis of opinion on such contemporary issues as abortion, gun control, race relations, and health care. As in previous editions, the Sixth Edition examines the relationship between public opinion and policy. American Public Opinion is unique in that it goes beyond a simple presentation of data, and includes critical analysis of the integral role public opinion plays in American democracy.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
vi
Preface xi
Credits for Figures and Tables xiii
Public Opinion in Democratic Societies
1(22)
Public Opinion and Government
1(5)
Public Opinion Defined
6(1)
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(28)
Sampling
25(9)
Question Wording
34(5)
The Misuse of Surveys
39(3)
Interpreting Scientific Surveys
42(5)
Conclusion
47(4)
Microlevel Opinion: The Psychology of Opinion-Holding
51(31)
Political Attention and Opinion-Holding
53(11)
Liberal-Conservative Ideology and the Organization of Opinions
64(10)
Party Identification and the Organization of Political Opinions
74(8)
Macrolevel Opinion: The Flow of Political Sentiment
82(30)
Trends in Policy Opinions
83(16)
General Ideological Movement
99(1)
General Partisan Movement
100(4)
Presidential Approval
104(6)
Conclusion: What Moves Public Opinion?
110(2)
Political Socialization and Political Learning
112(30)
The Preadult Years: Socialization to Citizenship
112(7)
The Agents of Preadult Socialization
119(12)
Political Generations
131(6)
The Persistence of Political Orientations
137(2)
Conclusion
139(3)
Public Opinion and Democratic Stability
142(28)
Support for Democratic Values
143(10)
Political consensus
153(2)
Political Support: Trust and Efficacy
155(7)
Personality and Public Opinion
162(5)
Conclusion
167(3)
Group Differences in Political Opinions
170(38)
Socioeconomic Class and Political Opinions
170(10)
Race and Political Opinions
180(6)
Age and Political Opinions
186(3)
Religion and Political Opinions
189(8)
Geography and Political Opinions
197(4)
Gender and Political Opinions
201(4)
Conclusion
205(3)
The Print and Broadcast Media and Political Opinions
208(29)
The Mass Media and Their Political Content
209(6)
Mass Media Influence on Public Opinion
215(13)
Television and Election Campaigns
228(7)
Conclusion
235(2)
Elections as Instruments of Popular Control
237(27)
Political Campaigns and the Voter
238(6)
Policy Issues and Voters
244(10)
Explaining Election Outcomes
254(7)
Conclusion
261(3)
The Public and Its Elected Representatives
264(26)
Opinion Sharing Between Policymakers and the Public
264(5)
Leadership Responsiveness to Public Opinion
269(8)
How Elected Officials Learn Public Opinion
277(6)
Do Elected Officials Need to Follow Public Opinion?
283(5)
Conclusion
288(2)
Parties and Interest Groups: Mediating Institutions and Representation
290(23)
Political Parties and Representation
291(12)
Interest Groups and Representation
303(10)
Public Opinion and the Performance of Democracy
313(12)
Assessing the Impact of Public Opinion on Policy
313(7)
Interpreting the Public's Role in Democracy
320(2)
The Expansion of Political Participation
322(3)
Appendix 325(6)
References 331(38)
Index 369


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