Public Opinion And Political Socialization

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Question 1
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All of the following are true of public opinion except

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A

it plays a small role in our political system.

B

it can be expressed by letters written to newspapers.

C

it is shared in online forums.

D

it can be powerful.

E

it can be shaped by political leaders.

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Question 2
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Typically, public opinion

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A

is distributed between several different positions on issues.

B

is united in one position on important issues.

C

is a powerful force that influences policymakers.

D

is unimportant to political leaders.

E

Options A and C are true.

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Question 3
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General agreement among the citizenry on an issue is

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a consensus.

B

divisive opinion.

C

reconciliation.

D

poll agreement.

E

no longer public opinion.

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Question 4
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Here are the results of a 2012 opinion poll that measured public support for gay marriage. (Favor: 48%; Oppose: 44%. Don't know/No answer: 8%.) The results show an example of __________ opinion.

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consensus

B

divided

C

dubious

D

favorable

E

unified

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Question 5
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Private opinion becomes public opinion when

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that opinion, regardless of its subject matter, is publicly expressed.

B

it concerns public issues and is publicly expressed.

C

an individual is polled by a major polling organization.

D

it is not divided.

E

it is articulated to at least ten other people.

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Question 6
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The process by which people acquire political beliefs and attitudes is called

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A
opinion leadership.
B
political socialization.
C
agenda setting.
D
peer grouping.
E
consensus building.
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Question 7
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Political socialization is the process by which

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people form identification with their political party.
B
people acquire political values.
C
people acquire political beliefs.
D
people acquire political opinions and attitudes.
E
All of the above are true.
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Question 8
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The transfer of political values is

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more likely to occur from children to the parents.
B
more likely to occur from parents to children.
C
just as likely to occur from children to parents as it is to occur from parents to children.
D
exceptionally rare in families.
E
never occurs from children to parents.
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Question 9
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Studies suggest that parents' political influence over their children is due to

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the strong need of children for parental approval.
B
the ability of parents to communicate frequently with their children.
C
the ability of parents to communicate feelings and preferences to their children.
D
family links to other factors that affect opinion, such as race, social class, education, and religious beliefs.
E
All of the above are true.
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Question 10
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The Internet

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serves as a gateway to online political activity.
B
serves as a gateway to offline political activity.
C
leads to a decrease in online political activity.
D
leads to a decrease in offline political activity.
E
Options A and B are true.
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Question 11
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Researchers report that they can now predict election winners by

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seeing if they have a Google+ account or not.
B
measuring the candidate's Twitter momentum.
C
measuring the number of attendees at their rallies.
D
measuring their number of Facebook friends.
E
None of the above is true.
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Question 12
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Peer groups are most likely to influence political attitudes when

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people are over the age of fifty.
B
it is not an election year.
C
people within the peer group do not have strong party identification.
D
the peer group is actively involved in political activities.
E
members of the peer group are all of the same gender.
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Question 13
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An opinion leader is

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one who is able to influence the opinions of others because of position, expertise, or personality.
B
a pollster.
C
always someone whose job is to sway public opinion, such as a member of Congress.
D
a public relations expert.
E
someone who relies on position or expertise, rather than something like personality.
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Question 14
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In a recent study, high school students most often said they base their views on information they obtained from

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mass media.
B
family.
C
peers.
D
school.
E
church.
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Question 15
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The Fairness Doctrine

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is a rule that requires media outlets to avoid coverage of controversial.
B
was abolished in 1987.
C
encourages programming like modern conservative and liberal talk radio.
D
was implemented in the early 1900s by the Federal Election Commission.
E
All of the above are true.
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Question 16
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Determining which public policy questions will be debated or considered is known as

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consensus building.
B
opinion leadership.
C
public opinion.
D
agenda setting.
E
political socialization.
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Question 17
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The new forms of media

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have brought Americans closer to each other politically.
B
such as talk radio have been dominated by liberals.
C
like blogs have often changed people from liberals to conservatives.
D
like blogs, talk radio and cable news channels have increased political polarization.
E
All the above are true.
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Question 18
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Which of the following is true?

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Older Americans tend to be more liberal than younger Americans.
B
Older Americans tend to be less concerned with their economic situations and are likely to have grown out of the social values they were taught in their youth.
C
More important than age is the impact of significant political events that shape the political attitudes of an entire generation.
D
The 1960s and 1970s, dominated by events such as Vietnam and Watergate, gave rise to widespread support of the government.
E
Based upon the economic prosperity that occurred under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, many young people chose to identify with the Democratic Party.
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Question 19
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The generational effect refers to the

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way in which political socialization produces opinions.
B
increased tension between the two major political parties.
C
tendency for persons to become more conservative as they grow older.
D
long-lasting impact of significant events of a particular time on the generation that came of age at that time.
E
way in which the family influences opinions.
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Question 20
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Researchers now believe they can make generalizations about the mood of the country as

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it swings to the political right or left.
B
it tends to swing in a more liberal direction when the federal government successfully intervenes in difficult economic times.
C
it tends to swing in a more conservative direction when government fails in controlling gas prices or consumer interest rates.
D
the electorate tends to move away from a President who proposes very liberal or conservative policies.
E
All of the above are true.
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