Silent Voices: Public Opinion and Political Participation in America / Edition 1

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Overview

Over the past century, opinion polls have come to pervade American politics. Despite their shortcomings, the notion prevails that polls broadly represent public sentiment. But do they? In Silent Voices, Adam Berinsky presents a provocative argument that the very process of collecting information on public preferences through surveys may bias our picture of those preferences. In particular, he focuses on the many respondents who say they "don't know" when asked for their views on the political issues of the day.

Using opinion poll data collected over the past forty years, Berinsky takes an increasingly technical area of research--public opinion--and synthesizes recent findings in a coherent and accessible manner while building on this with his own findings. He moves from an in-depth treatment of how citizens approach the survey interview, to a discussion of how individuals come to form and then to express opinions on political matters in the context of such an interview, to an examination of public opinion in three broad policy areas--race, social welfare, and war. He concludes that "don't know" responses are often the result of a systematic process that serves to exclude particular interests from the realm of recognized public opinion. Thus surveys may then echo the inegalitarian shortcomings of other forms of political participation and even introduce new problems altogether.

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Editorial Reviews

Perspectives on Political Science - Thomas M. Carsey
The book is well written, the analysis thoroughly done, and the argument clearly presented.
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"The book is well written, the analysis thoroughly done, and the argument clearly presented."--Thomas M. Carsey, Perspectives on Political Science

"Berinsky argues that polls sometimes fail to represent public opinion when the real preferences of those respondents who select the 'don't know' category for a question are excluded from the results. This important book explores several issues regarding this problem in survey research. . . .. A useful supplement in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on research methods."--Choice

Perspectives on Political Science
The book is well written, the analysis thoroughly done, and the argument clearly presented.
— Thomas M. Carsey
Choice
Berinsky argues that polls sometimes fail to represent public opinion when the real preferences of those respondents who select the 'don't know' category for a question are excluded from the results. This important book explores several issues regarding this problem in survey research. . . .. A useful supplement in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on research methods.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691123783
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam J. Berinsky is Associate Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents


FIGURES ix
TABLES xi
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii
INTRODUCTION
Representation, Public Opinion, and the Voice of the People 1
ONE
Opinion Polling and the Silencing of Political Voice 14
TWO
The Search for the Voice of the People: Considering the Unspoken 36
THREE
The Dynamics of Racial Policy Opinion, 1972-1994 51
FOUR
Social Welfare Policy and Public Opinion, 1972-1996 84
FIVE
The Changing Context of Public Opinion Concerning the Vietnam War, 1964-1972 105
CONCLUSION
Public Opinion and Political Voice 127
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 3 145
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 4 169
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 5 176
REFERNECES 185
INDEX 195
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