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American Public Opinion Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. The citizens of the U.S. represent many different cultures, races, ethnicities and religions. This principle of American political culture is known as _____.

Question 2 2. Businesses that measure public opinion through strategic methods are known as:

Question 3 3. 'Patriotism' is a synonym for _____.

Question 4 4. The process by which people form their ideas about politics is known as _____.

Question 5 5. In 2012, a majority of the citizens of Puerto Rico voted for statehood. Based on this information we can infer that in Puerto Rico the _____ is that statehood is the best political status for the island.

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Question 6 6. In which stage of life does most political socialization occur?

Question 7 7. People who influence the opinions of others by openly and publicly expressing their ideas are known as _____.

Question 8 8. The common cultural goals in our country, such as freedom, equality and liberty, are examples of _____.

Question 9 9. A key American belief is that citizens are in partnership with their government. Within this relationship, the government grants rights to the citizens, and the citizens have responsibilities to the government. This belief about our political system is called _____.

Question 10 10. The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution conferred citizenship upon birth, an act that protected the rights of newly freed slaves. This and other Amendments ensure the _____ of U.S. citizens.

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Question 11 11. Juan wants to know the opinion of the college student population regarding the use of student loans to cover college costs. In order to do this, he decides to ask eight of his closest friends what they think about the topic. Will the results of this poll be valid?

Question 12 12. Why should American citizens expect to deal with the consequences of their actions even as they are considered to be sovereign in their own lives?

Question 13 13. Tamara explains to her little sister that in the U.S. citizens take part in the government through their elected representatives. What key American concept is Tamara explaining?

Question 14 14. This is a statistical measurement of how accurately the results of a poll reflect the real views of the population.

Question 15 15. Which of the following can influence public opinion?

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Question 16 16. A system of general political traditions, customs and beliefs is known as _____.

Question 17 17. The notion of a separation of powers and the system of checks and balances promoted by the U.S. Constitution are two examples of _____ in the United States.

Question 18 18. A researcher wants to know the public's opinion about a new government regulation. He chooses to poll ten people that he finds eating together at a restaurant. Which of the following statements is true about this poll?

Question 19 19. A measure of an individual's or a family's economic and social position based on education, income and occupation is called _____.

Question 20 20. A pollster asks you, 'Are you in favor of the death penalty for serial killers?' What's wrong with this public opinion polling question?

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Question 21 21. This is one of the oldest and best-known American polling organizations. It is known for publishing timely public opinion research on a multitude of topics.

Question 22 22. Barry has been chosen to give a presentation on the American belief in the right to be free as long as another's rights aren't harmed. A good term for Barry's topic is _____.

Question 23 23. How would someone who understands the American belief in equality and is on the lookout for violations of this principle, interpret the story of a hardworking high school student who applied but was not accepted to any college?

Question 24 24. Many Americans are characterized as having an 'independent spirit' and free will. These characteristics are associated with which principle of American political culture?

Question 25 25. Thomas is polling people in his state to get a sense of their general political views. He polls all of the shoppers that exit an upscale furniture store. How could Thomas change his polling tactics in order to reduce sampling errors?

American Public Opinion Chapter Exam Instructions

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