What factors affect public
opinion? Which factors do you think are most important? Which are least
important? Are some factors closely related to others? Explain and provide
examples of each factor.
are public opinion polls? To whom are they useful? How are public opinion polls
conducted? Are they reliable? Why or why not?
is political culture? What are some essential elements of American political
culture? Have those things changed over time or not? Provide examples in your
is a subculture? What is a minority subculture? What are their functions in the
broader political arena? Do these subcultures play similar roles across
are the media and government adversaries? When did this adversarial relationship
begin and why has it persisted? Is this relationship positive or negative for
democracy? Explain. Is there any chance that this relationship will change in
the future? Why or why not?
medium is the most influential in the formation of American public opinion? How
long has this been the case? Why is this particular medium so powerful,
especially relative to others? What are some specific ways in which this medium
has influenced Americans, specifically in regard to politics?
Compare and contrast interest
groups and political parties. Provide examples in your discussion of their
similarities and differences. What advantages do interest groups offer that
political parties don’t? What advantages do political parties offer that
interest groups don’t?
are the various strategies employed by interest groups to accomplish their
goals? Discuss each of these strategies along with their effectiveness. Which of
these strategies are utilized the most and why? Provide examples of
is a political party? What are the various functions of parties? Which of these
functions do you find most important and why? Provide examples and even
reference personal experiences if applicable.
types of people are most likely to vote? Provide examples and explain why
these groups are more likely than others to vote. Discuss their interests
and abilities in your answer.
are elections won? In other words, what distinguishes candidates who win from
those who lose? Have these factors changed over time? Are the current factors
that influence electoral outcomes positive or negative for a democratic society?
Explain and provide examples.
is the most important factor in determining whether someone will vote in
an election? Why is this particularly factor more important than other factors?
Does this hold true for all countries or just the U.S.?