Public Opinion

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in public policymaking on a day-to-day basis? Or is the right answer somewhere in between?

In the chapters that follow, we will explore these questions in more detail, as we examine what the public knows about public issues, how (and whether) policymakers respond to public opinion, and the role of the media in these processes.


Notes
1.
Benjamin Ginsberg, The Captive Public: How Mass Opinion Promotes State Power ( New York: Basic Books, 1986), p. 48.
3.
James Morone, The Democratic Wish ( New York: Basic Books, 1990).
4.
On the issue of antifederalists who supported this view, see Jennifer Nedelsky, Private Property and the Limits of American Constitutionalism: The Madisonian Framework and Its Legacy ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990); see also Willard Sterne Randall's discussion of Jefferson's approach to this issue and his arguments with other founders about the degree to which enlightened public opinion could be developed ( Thomas Jefferson: A Life [ New York: Henry Holt, 1993]).
5.
Michael X. Delli Carpini and Scott Keeter, What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996).
6.
Iyengar and Kinder, for example, conclude that the mass media set the agenda for public opinion and the result is short-run swings in what the public thinks is important: "All told, our evidence implies an American public with a limited memory for last month's news and a recurrent vulnerability to today's. When television news focuses on a problem, the public's priorities are altered, and altered again as television news moves on to something new." Shanto Iyengar and Donald R. Kinder, News That Matters: Television and American Opinion ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987), p. 33.
7.
Samuel L. Popkin, The Reasoning Voter ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991).
9.
Walter Lippmann, The Phantom Public ( New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1925), p. 189.
10.
See, for example, Martin P. Wattenberg, The Decline of American Political Parties ( Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984).
11.
Stanley Kelley Jr., Interpreting Elections ( Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993).
12.
V. O. Key Jr., The Responsible Electorate: Rationality in Presidential Voting, 1936-1960 ( Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1966).
13.
Morris Fiorina, Retrospective Voting in American National Elections ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981).
15.
R. Douglas Arnold, "Can Inattentive Citizens Control Their Elected Representatives?" in Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce I. Oppenheimer, eds., Congress Reconsidered, 5th ed. ( Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1993).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xv
  • Part One - Introducing Public Opinion 1
  • Chapter One - The Meanings of Public Opinion 3
  • Notes 30
  • Chapter Two - The History of Public Opinion 62
  • Chapter Three - Methods for Studying Public Opinion 65
  • Conclusion 99
  • Notes 99
  • Part Two - Theories of Public Opinion 101
  • Chapter Four - Psychological Perspectives 103
  • Notes 139
  • Chapter Five - Sociological Perspectives 145
  • Conclusion 171
  • Notes 172
  • Chapter Six - Perception and Opinion Formation 207
  • Chapter Seven - Basic Beliefs, Democratic Theory, and Public Opinion 212
  • Conclusion 242
  • Notes 243
  • Part Three - Public Opinion in Context 247
  • Chapter Eight - Public Opinion and Democratic Competence 249
  • Conclusion 291
  • Notes 292
  • Chapter Nine - Public Opinion and Policymaking 299
  • Conclusion 335
  • Notes 336
  • Chapter Ten - The Content of Our Attitudes: Public Opinion in the Contemporary United States 341
  • Conclusion 376
  • Notes 377
  • Chapter Eleven - Communicating with the Public 412
  • Chapter Twelve - Campaigning and Opinion Change 445
  • Chapter Thirteen - Looking Ahead 451
  • Index 453
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