American Public Opinion: Its Origins, Content and Impact

Routledge, 2015年10月23日 - 400 頁

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


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List of Figures and Tables
Public Opinion in Democratic Societies
The Scientific Assessment of Public Opinion
Question Wording
Polls and Predicting Elections
The Psychology of OpinionHolding
Group Differences in Political Opinions
Age and Political Opinions
The News Media and Political Opinions
Bias and Negativity in the News
Models of Media Effects
Media Content and Political Opinions

LiberalConservative Ideology and the Organization
Party Identification and the Organization of Political
Political Polarization
The Flow of Political Sentiment
The Micro Foundations of Macro Opinion
General Ideological Movement
Presidential Approval
Political Socialization and Political Learning
Socialization During Adulthood
The Persistence of Political Orientations
Public Opinion and Democratic Stability
Political Consensus
Personality and Democratic Citizenship
Public Opinion and Democratic Stability
The Media and Political Polarization
Elections as Instruments of Popular Control
Explaining Election Outcomes
The Public and Its Elected Leaders
Politicians Responsiveness to Public Opinion
Do Elected Officials Need to Follow Public Opinion?
Public Opinion and the Performance of Democracy
Interpreting the Publics Role in Democracy
The American National Election Study and the General

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關於作者 (2015)

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 US 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 the Kenneth Lay Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. He served as department chair from 1984 to 2002. 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 the dffect on public opinion of president’s “going public.” 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, the Public Opinion Quarterly and others.