American Public Opinion

American Public Opinion


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Providing 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, and the role of public opinion in the electoral process, American Public Opinion goes beyond a simple presentation of data to include a critical analysis of the role of public opinion in American democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780023340116
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date: 10/28/1990
Edition description: REV
Pages: 400

About the Author

Robert S. Erikson is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He has written widely on American politics and is the coauthor of the following books: Statehouse Democracy (1994); The Macro Polity (2002); and The Timeline of Presidential Elections (2012). He has written articles on US politics for major political science journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Public Opinion Quarterly among others. He is the past editor of the American Journal of Political Science and of Political Analysis.

Kent L. Tedin is the Kenneth Lay Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. He served as department chair from 1984 to 2002. He has written extensively on political socialization, notably the influence of families and peers on the filial generation. He has also written a number articles on schools and public opinion, including how charter schools affect the social capital of parents, as well as how race and academic quality attributed to character school affect parent choice. Recently he has written on the dffect on public opinion of president's "going public." He has published articles in every major political science journal including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Public Opinion Quarterly and others.

Table of Contents

1. Public Opinion in Democratic Societies 2. Polling: The Scientific Assessment of Public Opinion 3. Microlevel Opinion: The Psychology of Opinion-Holding 4. Macrolevel Opinion: The Flow of Political Sentiment 5. Political Socialization and Political Learning 6. Public Opinion and Democratic Stability 7. Group Differences in Political Opinions 8. The News Media and Political Opinions 9. Elections as Instruments of Popular Control 10. The Public and Its Elected Representatives 11. Public Opinion and the Performance of Democracy Appendix: The National Election Study and the General Social Survey Questions

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