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  • 1. Public Opinion-Public Opinion Generic term for what the majority of the public may believe about an issue—can be very misleading as a majority may represent only 51%-Often misleading
  • 2. Forming Opinions-Many Factors Influence Opinions-Mass Media-Public Officials-Special Interest Groups
  • 3. Forming Opinions-Many Factors Influence Opinions-Mass Media-Public Officials-Special Interest Groups
  • 4. Measuring Opinion-Public Opinion Polls-Random Samples -poll methods where attempts are made to include a wide segment of the population in the poll-Effects of Polls
  • 5. Measuring Opinion-Public Opinion Polls-Random Samples -poll methods where attempts are made to include a wide segment of the population in the poll-Effects of Polls
  • 6. Measuring Opinion-Public Opinion Polls-Random Samples -poll methods where attempts are made to include a wide segment of the population in the poll-Effects of Polls
  • 7. Interest Groups-Interest Groups -a group of people who have similar interests or concerns about an issue-Bias -term that refers to a one-sided opinion on an issue-Impartial -having no opinion on an issue
  • 8. Types of Groups-Economic Groups Business Organizations Professional Associations Labor Unions-Particular Groups of People Ethnic Age Sex-Particular Causes
  • 9. Types of Groups-Economic Groups Business Organizations Professional Associations Labor Unions-Particular Groups of People Ethnic Age Sex-Particular Causes
  • 10. Types of Groups-Economic Groups Business Organizations Professional Associations Labor Unions-Particular Groups of People Ethnic Age Sex-Particular Causes
  • 11. Types of Groups-Economic Groups Business Organizations Professional Associations Labor Unions-Particular Groups of People Ethnic Age Sex-Particular Causes
  • 12. Lobbying-Lobbying -the act of trying to influence people on behalf of an interest group-Functions of Interest Groups Information Represent their members support certain candidates-Lobbyists work at all levels of government
  • 13. Regulation of Lobbying-Past activities of lobbyists have been questionable-government regulation -stop bribery -special interest groups -reporting lobbying activities-effects of Lobbying