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Learning Objectives

Myths & Realities: Is there such a thing as majority opinion?

  1. How do we define political public opinion?

  2. What agents of political socialization help to shape and influence our opinions about government and politics?

  3. What factors contribute to a well-designed and effective poll? What factors contribute to a poorly designed poll?

  4. Do the findings from public opinion polls suggest that Americans question the principles of democracy and representative government?

  5. How does public opinion vary between women and men and within and among different ethnic, religious, racial, and age groups?

  6. What are the different ways in which Americans participate in the political system?

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