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Chapter Quiz 2

  1. The collective preferences expressed by people on political issues, policies, institutions, and individuals is known as:
      a. Political public opinion
      b. Political participation
      c. Political salience
      d. None of the above
  2. Opinion saliency is:
      a. The strength of one's opinion about an issue
      b. One's perception of the relevancy of an issue
      c. The degree to which public opinion on an issue changes over time
      d. One's position in favor of or against a particular issue
  3. The American political culture includes:
      a. Faith in democracy
      b. Representative government
      c. Individual rights
      d. All of the above
  4. Which term best describes the process by which individuals get their political beliefs?
      a. Political culture
      b. Political public opinion
      c. Political participation
      d. Political socialization
  5. Which of the following is NOT an agent of political socialization for adults?
      a. Coworkers
      b. Neighbors
      c. Television
      d. Their own children
  6. A candidate for president who wants to gauge the level of support for her candidacy should conduct a:
      a. Push poll
      b. Straw poll
      c. Poll using a random probability sample
      d. Poll using a convenience sample
  7. A problem with straw polls is that:
      a. They are too expensive.
      b. One cannot obtain a truly random sample to effectively conduct such a poll.
      c. The results are frequently inaccurate and unreliable.
      d. All of the above
  8. A good poll is a:
      a. Push poll
      b. Poll in which members of the population have an equal chance of being selected
      c. Straw poll
      d. None of the above
  9. Which of the following is not an ingredient of a good poll?
      a. The poll asks questions that have a clear, socially desired response.
      b. The poll asks questions that can accurately measure what people actually know about an issue.
      c. The poll asks questions are phrased in such a way that their form or content does not influence the response.
      d. All of the above are essential elements of a good poll.
  10. Which of the following are implications of poorly designed and administered polls?
      a. Their results are still accurate, despite flawed design and administration.
      b. They are likely to provide inaccurate and misleading findings.
      c. We can still have a high level of confidence in their results.
      d. As long as they were not done by a biased organization, we can still trust them.
  11. ________ is/are known as a refusal to obey civil laws that are regarded as unjust.
      a. Civil rights
      b. Civil disobedience
      c. Civil litigation
      d. Civil liberties
  12. Which of the following activities constitute a form of political participation?
      a. Organizing a protest about the Mike Brown situation in Ferguson, Missouri
      b. Writing to a state legislator to ask that tuition at state colleges and universities be lowered
      c. Deciding not to patronize a business because it donated money to a cause with which you disagree
      d. All of the above
  13. A framing effect happens when the wording of a question:
      a. Has no effect on the response of an individual in a survey
      b. Has nothing to do with the stated subject of the survey
      c. Makes no sense
      d. May influence the response of the person being interviewed
  14. Your professor has decided to conduct a survey of his or her fellow faculty members to discover their political leanings. To do so, he or she has gathered the complete list of names of these individuals from Human Resources and has randomly chosen every tenth person to receive the survey. He or she has constructed a:
      a. Push poll
      b. Straw poll
      c. Random probability sample
      d. Cluster sample
  15. If a polling question asks you about the extent to which you agree or disagree that only police should be allowed to own firearms, this is an example of discovering your opinion:
      a. Saliency
      b. Stability
      c. Intensity
      d. None of the above
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