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Public Opinion
The distribution of the population's beliefs about politics and policy issues
Census
A valuable tool for understanding demographic changes.
Reapportionment
The process of reallocating seats in the House of Reps every 10 years on the basis of the results of the census.
Minority Majority
The emergence of a non-caucasian majority. Predicted by 2060, all other cultures will outnumber white americans.
Political Socialization
Richard Dawson
The process through which an individual acquires his or her particular political orientations;knowledge,feelings
Random Sampling
The key technique employed by sophisticated survey researchers, which operates on the principle that everyone should have an equal probability of being selected for the sample
Exit Polls
Public opinion surveys used by major media pollsters to predict electoral winners with speed and precision.
Political Ideology
A coherent set of beliefs about politics, public policy, and public purpose. It helps give meaning to political events, personalities, and policies.
Liberalism
political ideology in which advocates prefer a government active in dealing with human needs, support individual rights and liberties, and give higher priority to social needs than to military needs.
Gender Gap
A term which refers to the regular pattern by which women are more likely to support democratic candidates. Women tend to be significantly less conservative than men and are more likely to support spending on social services and to oppose the higher levels of military spending
Political Participation
All activities used by citizens to influence the selection of political leaders or the policies they pursue. The most common means of political participation in a democracy is voting. Also, Protest+Civil Disobediences.
Conservationism
Political Ideology whose advocates fear growth of government, deplore government drag on private sector initiatives, dislike permissiveness in society