American Public Opinion Its Origins, Content, and Impact

ISBN-10: 0205745431
ISBN-13: 9780205745432
Edition: 8th 2011
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Book details

List price: $108.60
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Updated in a new 8 th edition, this book goes beyond a simple presentation of data to include a critical analysis of the role of public opinion in American democracy. It provides an in-depth analysis of public opinion, beginning with its origins in political socialization, the impact of the media, the extent and breadth of democratic values, to the role of public opinion in the electoral process. Using the most current survey data from the 2008 elections and the latest literature on the subject, Erikson and Tedin analyze public opinion and its role in the policy and politics of the United States.

List of Figures and Tables
Credits for Figures and Tables
Preface
Public Opinion in Democratic Societies
Public Opinion and Government
Public Opinion Defined
The Evolution of the Public Opinion Poll
The Modern Public Opinion Poll and Its Political Consequences
Sources of Information on Public Opinion
Linkage Models Between Public Opinion and Public Policies
Plan of This Book
Polling: The Scientific Assessment of Public Opinion
The Value of Polls
Sampling
Question Wording
Polls and Predicting Elections
Conclusion
Microlevel Opinion: The Psychology of Opinion-Holding
Political Attention and Opinion-Holding
Liberal-Conservative Ideology and the Organization of Opinions
Party Identification and the Organization of Political Opinions
Macrolevel Opinion: The Flow of Political Sentiment
The Micro Foundations of Macro Opinion
Trends in Policy Opinions
General Ideological Movement
General Partisan Movement
Presidential Approval
Conclusion: What Moves Public Opinion?
Political Socialization and Political Learning
The Preadult Years: Socialization to Citizenship
The Agents of Preadult Socialization
College: Higher Education and Its Impact
Personal Predispositions and Political Attitudes
Socialization during Adulthood
The Persistence of Political Orientations
Conclusion
Public Opinion and Democratic Stability
Support for Democratic Values
Political Consensus
Political Support: Trust and Efficacy
Personality and Democratic Citizenship
Conclusion
Group Differences in Political Opinions
Socioeconomic Class and Political Opinions
Race and Political Opinions
Age and Political Opinions
Religion and Political Opinions
Geography and Political Opinions
Gender and Political Opinions
Conclusion
The News Media and Political Opinions
The Evolution of the American Media
Bias and Negativity in the News
Models of Media Effects
Media Content and Political Opinions
Media Change and the Quality of Electoral Decision-Making
Political Advertising
Conclusion
Elections as Instruments of Popular Control
Political Campaigns and the Voter
Policy Issues and Voters
Explaining Election Outcomes
Conclusion
The Public and Its Elected Leaders
Opinion Sharing Between Policymakers and the Public
Political Parties and Representation
Leadership Responsiveness to Public Opinion
Do Elected Officials Need to Follow Public Opinion?
Interest Groups and Democratic Representation
Conclusion
Public Opinion and the Performance of Democracy
Assessing the Impact of Public Opinion on Policy
Interpreting the Public's Role in Democracy
The Expansion of Political Participation
Appendix The American National Election Study and the General Social Survey Questions
Questions from the American National Election Studies
Questions from the General Social Survey
References
Index

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