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

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"Silent Voices is an important addition to the public opinion and survey research literatures, and it will be of interest to many people concerned with issues of representation as well. Adam Berinsky provides convincing evidence that people who don't answer survey questions may differ systematically from those who do. As a result, surveys may give biased estimates of the distribution of public opinion on policy issues."—Stanley Feldman, Stony Brook University

"A significant contribution to the field of public opinion, this book will be useful to readers interested in public opinion, race and politics, and survey research more generally."—Paul Gronke, Reed College, author of The Electorate, the Campaign, and the Voter

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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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