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People and their opinions : thinking critically about public opinion / Eric Shiraev, Richard Sobel.

Author/Creator:
Shiraev, Eric, 1960-, author.
Publication:
Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2016.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (385 p.)
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Subjects:
Public opinion.
Public opinion -- United States.
Political socialization.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Contents:
""Cover ""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Table of Contents ""; ""Preface""; ""About the Authors""; ""Chapter 1 Introduction: The Nature of Public Opinion""; ""What Is Public Opinion?""; ""Types of Public Opinion""; ""A Case in Point 1.1: Elitist Commentators or Next-Door Neighbors?""; ""Public Opinion and Society""; ""Social Value of Opinion Polls""; ""Practical Value""; ""Comparative Value""; ""A Case in Point 1.2: Specific Opinions on Particular Policies""; ""A Case in Point 1.3: When Pollsters and Their Sponsors "Go Wrong"""; ""Political and Ideological Value""
""Overall Resistance to Polling""""Government: Does Public Opinion Matter?""; ""Two Views on Government and Polls""; ""A Topic for Class Discussion: Factors Mediating Public Opinion's Influence on Policy""; ""Political Structure: Institutions and Communications""; ""Political Landscape and Elections""; ""Political Participation""; ""Assignment 1.1: Proliferating Information Sources""; ""Chapter Summary""; ""Definitions of Key Terms""; ""Chapter 2 Measurement of Opinion""; ""Measurement and Human Expression""; ""Steps in Survey Research""; ""Sample Selection""; ""Types of Sampling""
""Sampling Error""""Sampling and Accuracy of Polls""; ""A Case in Point 2.1: The 1948 Polling Disaster""; ""A Case in Point 2.2: The Use of Nonrepresentative Samples""; ""Looking for Linkages""; ""Surveys""; ""Survey Questions""; ""Structure and Order of Questions""; ""A Case in Point 2.3: The Way Questions Are Asked""; ""Hazy, Knotty, Corny, and Other Bad Questions""; ""Question Translation""; ""Non-Survey Methods""; ""Experiment""; ""Content Analysis""; ""Focus Groups""; ""Meta-Analysis: Research on Research""; ""Qualitative Approaches""; ""A Case in Point 2.4: Culture-Bound Surveys""
""Assignment 2.1: Problems with Questions""""Assignment 2.2: Errors in Sampling""; ""Chapter Summary""; ""Definitions of Key Terms""; ""Chapter 3 Thinking Critically About People's Opinions""; ""Critical Thinking about Polls""; ""Thinking About a Survey's Context""; ""Circumstances Surrounding a Survey""; ""The Way the Question Is Asked""; ""Thinking About Bias in Survey Interpretation""; ""Be Aware of Your Own Prejudgments""; ""Be Aware of Respondents' Assumptions""; ""A Topic for Class Discussion: "Right" and "Wrong" Issues""; ""Wording: Look Critically at Descriptions""
""Pay Attention to Labels""""Question Secondary Sources""; ""Be Aware of Dichotomous and Continuous Variables""; ""A Case in Point 3.1: Headlines About Survey Results""; ""Explanations: Understanding Sources of Opinions""; ""Know How to Interpret Correlations and Co-appearances""; ""Look for Many Causes""; ""A Case in Point 3.2: What the "Average" American Thinks About Correlation and Causation""; ""Assignment 3.1: Similarities and Differences""; ""Chapter Summary""; ""Definitions of Key Terms""; ""Chapter 4 Attitudes and Opinions""; ""The Nature of Attitudes""
""A Case in Point 4.1: Culture and Attitudes""
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
First published 2006 by Pearson Education, Inc.
Contributor:
Sobel, Richard, 1949-
ISBN:
1-315-66335-X
1-317-34585-1
OCLC:
929510673
Publisher Number:
10.4324/9781315663357 doi