Gov: Socialization and Public Opinion Review


  • In a democracy public opinion serves as a guide to elected officials, a guard against costly mistakes, and a kind of glue that holds us together despite our differences.
  • While the mass media may help shape public opinion they are also shaped by it. Public opinion is the sum of a large number of individual opinions.
  • Our basic views about politics are formed early in life through political socialization. Agents of socialization include family, schools, religion, friends, and the news media.
  • Most Americans share a common set of beliefs and values about politics and government. This political culture helps unite Americans, even when they differ over ideology.



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