What is a Political Platform? - Definition & Examples


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This is the term used for specific statements of belief, found in a party's platform:

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1. These are issues on which most people tend to broadly agree, and thus form a major component of a party's platform:

2. Which of the following is true of third parties' platforms?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Political platforms are essentially a guideline to the various political causes and positions specific political parties adhere to. You can test the knowledge you've gained about political platforms with this quiz and worksheet combo. You'll be questioned on things such as components of platforms and different types of issues that make up platforms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet you'll be tested on:

  • The term used for specific statements of belief in a party's platform
  • Issues on which most people tend to broadly agree
  • Third party political platforms
  • Descriptions of political platforms
  • Issues on which there are often sharp disagreements within the electorate

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the definition and components of political platforms
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can understand important terminology from the lesson, such as 'political platform,' 'valence issue,' and 'position issue.'
  • Knowledge application - Make sure you can apply your understanding of political platforms and specific issues to answer the questions in this quiz

Additional Learning

To learn more about political platforms, review the corresponding lesson on What is a Political Platform? - Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Definition of a political platform
  • How parties create platforms
  • Different types of issues
  • Valence issues
  • Position issues
  • Third parties