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Overview

In this highly anticipated revision, editors Barbara Norrander and Clyde Wilcox expose readers to the substance and process of public opinion research in an accessible way. Capturing the diversity of this research with twelve essays-ten new to this edition and two fully updated-well-respected contributors highlight the many approaches social scientists use to explore public opinion while citing actual research and teasing out the political implications of their findings. Part introductions provide important thematic context, and a statistics primer in the appendix is a handy reference. More relevant and thought-provoking than ever, Understanding Public Opinion is the ideal supplement for any public opinion course.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568021560
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Contributors
Preface
1 The Diverse Paths of Understanding Public Opinion 1
2 Gender and Public Opinion 19
3 Race, Class, and Black-White Differences in Social Policy Views 37
4 Religion and Public Opinion in the 1990s: An Empirical Overview 55
5 Media as Opinion Resources: Are the 1990s a New Ball Game? 69
6 Ideology in the 1990s 91
7 Partisanship and Issues in the 1990s 111
8 Public Opinion and Abortion Law in the Post-Webster Era 131
9 Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: How Does the Public Think About America's Role in the World? 150
10 Public Opinion and Economic Policy in 1992 170
11 Public Opinion and Political Participation 191
12 The Cultural Divide in American Politics: Moral Issues and Presidential Voting 211
13 Disconnected Politics: Public Opinion and Presidents 229
14 Public Opinion and Congressional Power 252
15 Public Opinion and the Supreme Court: The Insulated Court? 269
App A Primer on Statistics and Public Opinion 281
References 291
Index 317
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