Describe important differences between focus groups, nonscientific polling, and scientific polling, including their benefits and drawbacks
No plagiarizing and do NOT upload to TURNITIN. Please respond to each of the four short response questions posted below. Your answers should be short, focused, and complete, ranging from one to three paragraphs. Please make sure to answer each specific part of every question. Successful answers will provide details and context that support your arguments and explain your position to the readers. You may also want to provide real world examples taken from the readings, lectures, group discussions, or your own independent thinking. These illustrations can be from the course materials or your own ideas. Providing this context and being able to apply the material to YOUR OWN understanding of politics really shows us that you have mastered the material. Don not use outside materials.
The assigned reading materials are:
• American Government, Chapter 6: The Politics of Public Opinion https://openstax.org/books/american-government-2e/pages/6-introduction
• American Government, Chapter 7: Voting and Elections https://openstax.org/books/american-government-2e/pages/7-introduction
• American Government, Chapter 8: The Media https://openstax.org/books/american-government-2e/pages/8-introduction
• Prior, Markus. 2007. “The Real Media Divide” The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/15/AR2007071501110.html
• Grossman, Matt. 2018. “The media isn’t making people more divided .” https://medium.com/trust-media-and-democracy/partisanteam-f59a45b19536
1. Where does public opinion come from? Discuss its cognitive foundations and how socialization produces these. Why might it be collectively rational? Why not?
2. Describe important differences between focus groups, nonscientific polling, and scientific polling, including their benefits and drawbacks. Which is best for accurately measuring public opinion? Why? How might this type still fail?
3. What types of factors explain an individual voter’s probability of turning out to vote? What could be done to increase voter turnout?