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1
Which of the following is true about public opinion?
A)People's opinions can be contradictory.
B)Most Americans know very little about public affairs.
C)Although they often disagree on important issues, the American public is united about which issues are important.
D)The public's extensive knowledge about public affairs allows the people to play an active role in policy formation.
E)People's opinions can be contradictory and most Americans know very little about public affairs.
2
The first English-speaking philosopher to write at length about public opinion was
A)John Locke.
B)Thomas Hobbes.
C)James Madison.
D)Alexander Hamilton.
E)Jeremy Bentham.
3
The accuracy of a poll is expressed in terms of _____, the degree to which the sample estimates might differ from what the population actually thinks.
A)opinion error
B)sampling error
C)population error
D)age cohort error
E)probability error
4
The Gallup organization has erred badly only once in predicting the outcomes of presidential elections, and that was in the _____ election.
A)1936
B)1940
C)1948
D)1972
E)1984
5
Compared to families of other nations, those in the United States are
A)less likely to exhibit patriotic symbols in their homes or on their property.
B)less likely to have their social views shaped by their religious affiliation.
C)less likely to welcome children's input in family decisions.
D)more likely to interact in a way that promotes children's sense of individualism and equality.
E)more likely to promote a cynical view of their nation's history and its role in the world.
6
_____ oppose governmental activism in both the economic and social realms.
A)Populists
B)Libertarians
C)Conservatives
D)Liberals
E)None of these answers is correct.
7
In which of the following states would one expect to find the highest concentration of political conservatives?
A)Massachusetts
B)California
C)Maine
D)Michigan
E)Louisiana
8
Which of the following statements is true?
A)Republicans were more likely to support armed intervention in Kosovo in 1999 than were Democrats.
B)Republicans are more likely to oppose reductions on taxes than Democrats are.
C)Democrats were more likely to support the invasion of Iraq in 2003 than were Republicans.
D)Democrats are more likely to support pro-business initiatives than Republicans are.
E)Republicans are more likely to oppose social welfare programs than Democrats are.
9
About _____ percent of Americans participate each year in a mass demonstration.
A)1
B)5
C)15
D)25
E)38
10
When it comes to overt displays of patriotism, such as the flying of national flags and the recitation of the pledges of allegiance, Americans
A)are more restrained than other nationalities.
B)are less likely to find it appropriate to include children in such displays.
C)exhibit their love for their country in ways that have few parallels elsewhere in the world.
D)are more likely to insist that public schools should not engage in such acts.
E)are more ambivalent than their European counterparts about expressing love for their country.
11
A _____ would likely oppose major increases in health care spending by government and support government-required prayer in the public schools.
A)liberal
B)populist
C)libertarian
D)conservative
E)None of these answers is correct.
12
Which of the following statements is true?
A)Economic class has less influence on public opinion in the United States than in Europe.
B)Economic class has less influence on public opinion in Europe than in the United States.
C)Region has declined as a basis of political opinions in the United States.
D)Region has intensified as a basis of political opinions in the United States.
E)Economic class has less influence on public opinion in the United States than in Europe and region has declined as a basis of political opinion in the U.S.
13
To assess public opinion, political observers today rely primarily on
A)election returns.
B)newspaper editorials.
C)interest group activities.
D)voter registration drives.
E)polls.
14
Increasing reliance on the use of _____ has raised questions about the future of telephone polling.
A)faxes
B)email
C)cell phones
D)instant messaging
E)blogs
15
Which of the following statements is true?
A)Young Americans vote at high levels compared to elderly Americans.
B)Elderly Americans vote at high levels compared to young Americans.
C)Young Americans are well-organized compared to elderly Americans.
D)Elderly Americans are well-organized compared to young Americans.
E)Elderly Americans vote at high levels and are well-organized compared to young Americans.
16
Which of the following is not an agent of socialization?
A)family
B)interest groups
C)school
D)media
E)All of these are agents of socialization.
17
Which of the following is a device for gauging public opinion?
A)letters to the editor
B)e-mail messages to elected officials
C)size of crowds at demonstrations
D)activity of lobbyists
E)All these answers are correct.
18
The population of the United States is about
A)100 million.
B)200 million.
C)300 million.
D)500 million.
E)1 billion.
19
Pollsters use _____ to randomly pick telephone numbers.
A)telephone books
B)computers
C)satellites
D)cellular phones
E)None of these answers is correct.
20
Which of the following statements is true?
A)Europeans know more about international affairs than Americans.
B)A survey of Ivy-League students revealed that half could not name both U.S. senators from their state.
C)A survey of Ivy-League students revealed that 75 percent could not identify Abraham Lincoln as the author of the phrase "a government of the people, by the people, and for the people."
D)Both of these are true: Europeans know more about international affairs than Americans; and a survey of Ivy-League students revealed that half could not name both U.S. senators from their state.
E)All these answers are correct.







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