Understanding public opinion / edited by Barbara Norrander, Clyde Wilcox.

Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c1997.
xx, 331 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Understanding Public Opinion, edited by Barbara Norrander and Clyde Wilcox, is a collection of original essays that explores the sources, content, and effects of American public opinion at the close of the twentieth century. The book examines the diversity in contemporary public opinion research by focusing on questions such as where attitudes and opinions come from, how they are organized, how they affect an individual's political participation and vote choice, what forms the content of public opinion, and what impact public opinion has on the president, Congress, and the Supreme Court. The chapters, written by leading scholars, present research that exposes readers to both the substance of American public opinion and the process of that research. They reveal how social scientists approach a question, what the research looks like, and how conclusions are derived.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-315) and index.
  • The diverse paths to understanding public opinion / Clyde Wilcox -- Pt.1. The sources of public opinion. Gender and public opinion / Kristi Andersen -- Race, class, and black-white differences in social policy views / Steven A. Tuch and Lee Sigelman -- Religion and public opinion in the 1990s : an empirical overview / Ted G. Jelen -- Media as opinion resources : are the 1990s a new ball game? / Doris A. Graber --
  • (cont.) Pt.2. The organization of public opinion. Ideology in the 1990s / Kathleen Knight and Robert S. Erikson -- Partisanship and issues in the 1990s / Barbara Norrander -- Pt.3. The content of public opinion. Public opinion and abortion law in the post-Webster era / Elizabeth Adell Cook -- Public opinion and foreign policy : how does the public think about America's role in the world? / Barbara Bardes -- Public opinion and economic policy in 1992 / William G. Jacoby --
  • (cont.) Pt.4. The consequences of public opinion. Public opinion and political participation / John E. Hughes and M. Margaret Conway -- The cultural divide in American politics : moral issues and presidential voting / Alan I. Abramowitz -- Pt.5. Political institutions and public opinion. Disconnected politics : Public opinion and presidents / Lyn Ragsdale -- Public opinion and congressional power / John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse -- Public opinion and the Supreme Court : the insulated court? / Thomas Marshall.
  • 1568021569 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • 1568021534 (cloth : alk. paper)
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