Understanding public opinion

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CQ Press, 1997 - Political Science - 331 pages
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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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Contents

THE SOURCES OF PUBLIC OPINION
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Race Class and BlackWhite Differences in Social Policy Views
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An Empirical Overview
55
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About the author (1997)

BARBARA NORRANDER received her Ph.D. in political science at Ohio State University and is a professor at the University of Arizona, where she teaches courses on the introduction to American government, political parties, and on public opinion and voting behavior. Professor Norrander has written numerous articles for major academic journals. She is a leading expert on presidential nominations and also publishes on the gender gap and on state public opinion. Professor Norrander is the President of the Western Political Science Association for 2004-2005 and has sat on the boards of the Midwest Political Science Association, American Journal of Politics, Journal of Politics, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Mark J. Rozell is research associate professor at the White Burkett Miller Center at the University of Virginia. His books include Executive Privilege: The Dilemma of Secrecy and Democratic Accountability, also available from Johns Hopkins.Clyde Wilcox is associate professor of government at Georgetown University. His books include God's Warriors: The Christian Right in Twentieth Century America, also available from Johns Hopkins.