Practice Quiz - Public Opinion

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SB Ch. 6: pp. 126-155: Public Opinion


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  • 1. 

    Please choose best match that describes majority, based on your reading on Ch. 6.

    • A.

      More than 50% but less than 100%

    • B.

      Any group with higher numbers; in case of 49%, 41%, and 10%, 49% will be considered majority

    • C.

      A group that has more power over the other groups.

    • D.

      Less than 50% but more than 0%

    • E.

      No more or less than 50%

    Correct Answer
    A. More than 50% but less than 100%
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "More than 50% but less than 100%". This answer accurately describes the concept of a majority, which refers to a group with higher numbers compared to other groups. In the given options, the percentages of 49%, 41%, and 10% are all less than 50%, so they cannot be considered a majority. However, the percentage of 49% is still higher than the other options, making it the closest to being a majority.

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  • 2. 

    Public Opinion is _______________.

    • A.

      An opinion that you talk to your neighbor about daily: gossips, chitchat.

    • B.

      An opinion by you directly spoken to the President of United States.

    • C.

      An opinion consists of people's views concerning political issues.

    • D.

      An opinion consists of people's views concerning any issues.

    • E.

      An opinion which displays objective views regarding any political issues.

    Correct Answer
    C. An opinion consists of people's views concerning political issues.
    Explanation
    Public opinion refers to the collective views and beliefs of a particular group or society regarding political issues. It encompasses the opinions and perspectives of a wide range of individuals within a community or nation. This includes the general public's thoughts, attitudes, and judgments on various political matters such as policies, candidates, and government actions. Public opinion is not limited to gossip or casual conversations with neighbors, nor is it necessarily directed towards the President of the United States. It is a broader concept that encompasses the views of the public on any political issue.

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  • 3. 

    Typically, views that are expressed as political opinions are acquired through the process of ________ _________. ; People acquire their political attitudes, such as their party identification. This also refers to the process of acquiring political values and knowledge.

    • A.

      Political Socialization

    • B.

      Political Trust

    • C.

      Political Analysis

    • D.

      Public Agenda

    • E.

      Divisive Opinion

    Correct Answer
    A. Political Socialization
    Explanation
    Answer can be found in SB ch.6 p.127 end

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  • 4. 

    Political Socialization is all possible because of several agents. Which group does not have anything to do with Political Socialization?

    • A.

      Family: Children have a strong tendency to adopt the party identification of their parents

    • B.

      Friends tend to reinforce our beliefs since we associate ourselves with like-minded people as we get older

    • C.

      Media: Impact varies depending on viewing and reading habits

    • D.

      Both A and B are considered as agents, but not C.

    • E.

      All of them are considered as agents for Political Socialization.

    Correct Answer
    E. All of them are considered as agents for Political Socialization.
    Explanation
    Answer can be found in SB ch.6 p.129-133

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  • 5. 

    Political culture is a set of values and beliefs about government shared by most in society. Please select the least likely values below:

    • A.

      Liberty. equality, and property

    • B.

      Community service and personal achievement

    • C.

      Support for religion

    • D.

      Prosperity, capitalism, and entrepreneurship

    • E.

      All of the choices above are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. Prosperity, capitalism, and entrepreneurship
    Explanation
    The least likely values among the given options are prosperity, capitalism, and entrepreneurship. Political culture is typically focused on values and beliefs related to government and governance, and while prosperity, capitalism, and entrepreneurship are important aspects of economic systems, they are not necessarily directly related to government or governance.

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  • 6. 

    In theory, random probability sampling (or random sample) should provide every individual in the population with an equal chance of being selected. However, it is too costly and inefficient. So there are several sampling techniques developed to alleviate the problem.Among the selections below, what is not the technique to obtain good samples?

    • A.

      Choose a random selection of telephone numbers and interview the respective households.

    • B.

      Choose an area, such as urban area to consider as representative of all urban areas. Then, randomly select respondents within those area.

    • C.

      Put all voter names into a jar - or a computer - and randomly sample to obtain the data

    • D.

      None of the above are correct.

    • E.

      All of the above are correct.

    Correct Answer
    C. Put all voter names into a jar - or a computer - and randomly sample to obtain the data
    Explanation
    Answer can be found in SB ch.6 p. 134-135

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  • 7. 

    Voter turnout has dropped over the last 30 years with only 51% of eligible voters voting in 2000, which is lower than most other democracies.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement provided states that voter turnout has decreased over the past 30 years, and in the year 2000, only 51% of eligible voters cast their votes. It also mentions that this percentage is lower than in most other democracies. Therefore, the answer "True" is correct as it aligns with the information provided.

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  • 8. 

    Political participation is any attempts that affect government policies in addition to voting. Which is not a form of participation fitting above definition?

    • A.

      Discussing politics

    • B.

      Sending letters to representatives

    • C.

      Contributing money to campaigns

    • D.

      Civil disobedience

    • E.

      All of the above fits the definition

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above fits the definition
    Explanation
    Answer can be found in SB ch.6 p. 142-145

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  • 9. 

    Civil disobedience is _________.

    • A.

      Peaceful refusal to obey laws believed to be unjust such as boycotts and sit-ins

    • B.

      Violent refusal to obey laws believed to be unjust such as riots.

    • C.

      A refusal to obey laws that you don't want to follow

    • D.

      An act that blatantly opposes any political actions

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    A. Peaceful refusal to obey laws believed to be unjust such as boycotts and sit-ins
    Explanation
    Answer can be found in SB ch.6 p. 145

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  • 10. 

    In party loyalty, Whites tend to support ________; African Americans strongly support ________; Hispanics, except for Cubans, tend to be __________.

    • A.

      Republican; Democratic; Democratic

    • B.

      Democratic; Republican; Republican

    • C.

      Democratic; Democratic; Republican

    • D.

      Republican; Republican; Democratic

    • E.

      Democratic; Republican; Democratic

    Correct Answer
    A. Republican; Democratic; Democratic
    Explanation
    Answer can be found in SB ch.6 p. 141-149

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