Study your flashcards anywhere!

Download the official Cram app for free >

  • Shuffle
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Alphabetize
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Front First
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Both Sides
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Read
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off

How to study your flashcards.

Right/Left arrow keys: Navigate between flashcards.right arrow keyleft arrow key

Up/Down arrow keys: Flip the card between the front and back.down keyup key

H key: Show hint (3rd side).h key

A key: Read text to speech.a key


Play button


Play button




Click to flip

19 Cards in this Set

  • Front
  • Back
  • 3rd side (hint)
aggregate opinion
Opinion shared by a group of people
The counting, every ten years, of the population of the United States, conducted by the Bureau of the Census
cognitive disonance
A psychological condition where an individual is presented with conflicting or inconsistent beliefs, an in order to resolve this conflict, must either ignore the inconsistincies, develop irrational explanations for them, or reject some beliefs.
congressional reappointment
The reallocation of legislative seats, based on population
General agreement on an issue
The characteristics of human populations and population segments
The changing of public opinion as time passes
The strength with which one feels for or against a public policy or issue. Often very important in generating public actions, and intensely held minority views often defeat less intensely held views held by majorities.
The degree to which an opinion is held but not expressed
latent public opinion
Political opinions that citizens hold but don't express or act on. They have the potential to become widely expressed and acted on within the political arena.
opinion poll
Questioning a selected sample of people that are considered representative of a population on a given topic or topics.
Politicians, government officials, businesses, scholars, and the public use or study the polls to find information about populations.
policy agenda
Issues arising from the aggregate public opinion that politicians have decided to pay attention to and respond to. Items on the policy agenda have a good chance of becoming law.
political agenda
A list of issues on which a variety of political agents, such as interest groups, political parties, social movements, and elected officials, want to see the government take action.
An item can be on the political agenda and not on the policy agenda.
Places where votes are cast and registered.
public opinion
The collected attitudes and beliefs of some groups of individuals.
In a democracy, a key issue is how responsive legislators should be to public opinion.
random sample
A sampling method in which each member of the population being surveyed has an equal chance of being selected for the sample.
The degree of importance that an issue is considered to have at a particular time. Issues become relevant when the public believes they're a direct or important concern.
Media plays a large role in the publics perception of an issue's relevance.
sampling error
The estimated difference between the results of a poll using a sample of the population and the true results that would have been found if the entire population had been polled.
A standardized notion held in common about members of a group. Typically represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgement.