ISBN-10:
0023340428
ISBN-13:
9780023340420
Pub. Date:
11/23/1994
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
American Public Opinion: Its Origins, Content, and Impact / Edition 5

American Public Opinion: Its Origins, Content, and Impact / Edition 5

by Robert S. Erikson, Kent L. TedinRobert S. Erikson

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Overview

Providing an in-depth analysis of public opinion, including its origins in political socialization, its role in the electoral process, and the impact of the media, American Public Opinion goes beyond a simple presentation of data to include a critical analysis of the role of public opinion in American democracy.

New to the Tenth Edition

  • Updates all data through the 2016 elections and includes early polling through 2018.
  • Pays increased attention to polarization.
  • Adds a new focus on public opinion and immigration.
  • Covers new voting patterns related to race, ethnicity, and gender.
  • Reviews public opinion developments on health care.
  • Expands coverage of political misinformation, media bias, and negativity, especially in social media.
  • Defends political polling even in the wake of 2016 failings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780023340420
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/23/1994
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.71(d)

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 U.S. 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 Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. He served as department chair from 1984 to 2002 and 2017 to 2018. 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 family socialization in a polarized era. 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, and Public Opinion Quarterly, among others.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Public Opinion in Democratic Societies
1(21)
1-1 Public Opinion and Government
1(5)
1-2 Public Opinion Defined
6(2)
1-3 The Evolution of the Public Opinion Poll
8(4)
1-4 The Modern Opinion Poll and Its Consequences
12(3)
1-5 Sources of Information on Public Opinion
15(1)
1-6 Linkage Models Between Public Opinion and Public Policies
16(3)
1-7 Plan of the Book
19(3)
Chapter 2 Polling: The Scientific Assessment of Public Opinion
22(31)
2-1 Sampling
25(9)
2-2 Question Wording
34(5)
2-3 The Misuse of Surveys
39(3)
2-4 Interpreting Scientific Surveys
42(7)
2-5 Conclusion
49(4)
Chapter 3 Microlevel Opinion: The Psychology of Opinion Holding
53(34)
3-1 Political Attention and Opinion-Holding
55(10)
3-2 Liberal-Conservative Ideology and the Organization of Opinions
65(13)
3-3 Party Identification and the Organization of Political Opinions
78(9)
Chapter 4 Macrolevel Opinion: The Flow of Political Sentiment
87(31)
4-1 Trends in Policy Opinions
88(6)
4-2 General Ideological Movement
104(3)
4-3 General Partisan Movement
107(2)
4-4 Presidential Approval
109(6)
4-5 Conclusion: What Moves Public Opinion
115(3)
Chapter 5 Political Socialization and Political Learning
118(30)
5-1 The Preadult Years: Socialization to Citizenship
118(6)
5-2 The Agents of Preadult Socialization
124(13)
5-3 Political Generations
137(7)
5-4 The Persistence of Political Orientations
144(2)
5-5 Conclusion
146(2)
Chapter 6 Public Opinion and Democratic Stability
148(29)
6-1 Support for Democratic Values
149(10)
6-2 Political Consensus
159(3)
6-3 Political Support: Trust and Efficacy
162(7)
6-4 Personality and Public Opinion
169(6)
6-5 Conclusion
175(2)
Chapter 7 Group Differences in Political Opinions
177(39)
7-1 Socioeconomic Class and Political Opinions
177(11)
7-2 Race and Political Opinions
188(7)
7-3 Age and Political Opinions
195(1)
7-4 Religion and Political Opinions
196(8)
7-5 Geography and Opinions
204(5)
7-6 Gender and Political Opinions
209(3)
7-7 Conclusion
212(4)
Chapter 8 The Print and Broadcast Media and Political Opinions
216(32)
8-1 The Mass Media and Their Political Content
217(7)
8-2 Mass Media Influence on Public Opinion
224(13)
8-3 Television and Election Campaigns
237(9)
8-4 Conclusion
246(2)
Chapter 9 Elections as Instruments of Popular Control
248(33)
9-1 Political Campaigns and the Voter
249(6)
9-2 Policy Issues and Voters
255(14)
9-3 Explaining Election Outcomes
269(9)
9-4 Conclusions
278(3)
Chapter 10 The Public and Its Elected Representatives
281(28)
10-1 Opinion Sharing Between Policymakers and the Public
281(5)
10-2 Leadership Responsiveness to Public Opinion
286(9)
10-3 How Elected Officials Learn Public Opinion
295(7)
10-4 Do Elected Officials Need to Follow Public Opinion?
302(5)
10-5 Conclusion
307(2)
Chapter 11 Parties and Interest Groups: Mediating Institutions and Representation
309(26)
11-1 Political Parties and Representation
310(13)
11-2 Interest Groups and Representation
323(12)
Chapter 12 Public Opinion and the Performance of Democracy
335(13)
12-1 Assessing the Impact of Public Opinion on Policy
335(6)
12-2 Interpreting the Public's Role in Democracy
341(4)
12-3 The Expansion of Political Participation
345(3)
Appendix The National Election Study and the General Social Survey Questions 348(7)
References 355(30)
Index 385

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