Public Opinion in State Politics

By Jeffrey E. Cohen | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 9
Public Opinion and Policy Making in the Culture
Wars: Is There a Connection Between Opinion and
State Policy on Gay and Lesbian Issues?

DONALD P. HAIDER-MARKEL AND MATTHEW S. KAUFMAN


Introduction

Government responsiveness to public preferences is a key tenant of democracy. But state government, often referred to as the invisible layer of government, is sometimes thought to ignore the opinions of an electorate whose attention is focused on local and national level politics (Roeder, 1994). Perhaps for this reason the influence of public opinion on statelevel policy adoption in the United States has not received much attention (but see Erikson, Wright, and McIver, 1989, 1993; Lowery, Gray, and Hager, 1989; Roeder, 1994; Weber and Shafer, 1972). Furthermore, only recently have researchers examined the influence of opinion on policy using measures of opinion on specific policy issues, such as abortion (Norrander and Wilcox, 1999).

Early state-level research on the relationship between public opinion and policy made use of national opinion data to generate “simulations or dummy variables to obtain state opinion estimates” of opinion (Roeder, 1994, 37). By the 1980s researchers had developed more reliable measures of citizen partisanship and ideology (Erikson, Wright, and McIver, 1989, 1993). From that point researchers have developed far more valid measures of state-level opinion, including measures of state opinion on specific issues (Brace, Sims-Butler, Arceneaux, and Johnson, 2002; Norrander and

-163-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Public Opinion in State Politics
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 286

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.