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9.1 and 9.2 Public Opinion and Interest Groups

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  • Q1
    How did media coverage of the Vietnam War affect public opinion?
    As the media showed the violence of war, more people began to oppose the war
    Media coverage of protests against the war convinced many volunteers to join the military
    The lack of media coverage encouraged more people to support the war
    Since the media barely covered the war, people became uninterested in supporting the war
  • Q2
    What is public policy?
    the process by which people acquire political beliefs
    a group of views shared by a segment of society on an issue
    the process by which voters express their public opinion
    the choices the government makes and the actions it takes in response to a particular issue or problem
  • Q3
    Which of the following media has seen a dramatic increase as a source of news in recent years?
    penny press
    the internet
    print newspapers
  • Q4
    Why is it important to analyze the format of a poll?
    A large sample size can skew results to an incorrect conclusion
    Asking a random sample of people the same questions does not result in an accurate picture of public opinions
    Including a margin of error indicates that the poll is probably inaccurate
    The wording and order of questions can affect people's answers
  • Q5
    Which of the following is an accurate interpretation of a poll answer with a percentage of 43%, with a margin error of 2%?
    Between 41% and 45% disagree with the answer
    43 percent of people disagree with the ansser
    between 41% and 45% probably agree with the answer.
    43% of people agree with the answer
  • Q6
    Which of the following is the main purpose of a special interest group?
    to present a group's view on an issue and try to influence public policy and the public agenda on that issue
    to spread political candidates' views on public policy issues
    to raise money in support of a particular candidate in an election
    to research and report public opinion of many issues to government policy makers
  • Q7
    The Sack Food Association is an example of what kind of interest group?
    agricultural lobbying group
    professional group
    labor union
    trade association
  • Q8
    The American Bar Association might try to influence public policy on which of the following issues?
    licensing requirements for lawyers
    workers' rights for factory workers
    fighting drunk driving
    the environmental impact of fertilizer use
  • Q9
    Why might a PAC give money to both candidates in an election?
    The interest group hopes that whichever candidate wins will support their policy suggestions.
    Different people within an interest group ma support different candidates
    Lobbying groups are required by law to give an equal amount of money to each candidate
    The amount of money given to each candidate indicates the percentage of supporters within the group
  • Q10
    which of the following was a cause of the passage of ethics and lobbying reform legislation?
    Voters were receiving financial gifts from lobbyists for supporting a particular candidate
    People feared that lobbyists were using financial gifts to influence representatives' policy decisions
    Lobbyists were conducting too many polls of voters
    Interest groups were no longer representing the opinions of their members
  • Q11
    The percentage plus or minus that represents the accuracy of the poll - the larger the number, the less accurate the results of the poll.
    Its the sample factor
    Its the margin of error
    It's the sampling error
    its the exit poll
  • Q12
    Unscientific surveys used to gauge public opinion on a variety of issues and policies
    stratified sampling
    Straw poll
    Gallup poll
    exit poll
  • Q13
    Using the pretense of conducting a poll in order to spread negative information or rumorts about a candidate or an issue
    an exit poll
    straw poll
    A push poll
    tracking poll
  • Q14
    Polling industry in 1948 erroneously predicted that Republican Thomas E. Dewey would defeat this Democratic incumbent president
    Harry S. Truman
    Ronald Reagan
    Franklin D Roosevelt
    Dwight D Eisenhower
  • Q15
    Iron triangle describes the relationship between
    legislative executive, and judiciary branches
    interest groups, government agencies and legislative committees
    public interest groups, civil disobedience, and think tanks
    grassroots mobilization, earmarking, and collective action problems

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