Same sex marriage
“Oral report, yes or no?”
need to start writing the paper
Public opinion poll…same sex marriage…
questions on topic:
should marriage be between heterosexual couples or any two couples?
3.Should adoption be legal for same sex married couples.
June 23, 1997
Public opinion: Feared by the founding fathers…today politics have to
be more friendly the people…”collection of similar attitudes and believes
that are shared by some portion of the population.”
types of pulpit opinion
-intensity: How willing people are to express their opinion. More expression
can lead the intensity of a subject to be passed by Gov. ecpl.gays, abortion,
-fluidity: “amount of change public opinion goes through in a period of
time”…exp. Bush administration…
-stability: “extent to which public opinion remains constant over a period
of time”exlp. 95% of public believe we should be more involved in Gov.
-latent: “people are not expressing their opinion to interest and
education”could be an argument for the elitist belief of Gov.
Forming Public Opinion: a concoction of family background, school, per’s,
college, work place, exposure to society,
-Random Sample : every type of person should have a equal chance of being
-quota sample: targets a specific demographic group…
-sampling error: difference between what the sample show andtrue result of
Functions of the media:
shape public opinion
-profits: #1 priority; they are responsible tostco holders
-setting the Agenda: they set what the top story, they select which stories
we should be exposed to.
-expressing opinion: media provides editorials,
-spin doctors: Rush, and others, media nalysetes or talk show hosts that
interpret news in away that supports the party that represent…
Hard Fluff: entertainment the can be descised as news; oj case; Tonga harding;
June 24, 1997
Interest groups: organized meters that share a common objective; attempt
to influence Gov. polices
-separation of powers: checks and balance system allows the interest groups to
hound a Brach of Gov. to adhere to the interest at hand.
Growth of Interest Groups: right to potion the goc; 1st…came about during
farmers subsidies, and the new deal…
why people join: they are interested in reform, get benefits from certain
groups, just the belonging factor.
Types of Interest Groups:
-Business: owners of businesses were not happy worth the new deal so they formed
in response”elite corporation ‘business roundtable’ “national association
-agriculture: formed to protect from economic and banks…
-labor: came in during new deal, unions…AFL-CIO 1955 membership is around
13 million-they were originally comprised o blue collar workers…
-public: have no economical benefit, they from for social reform,
environmental issues, and ex.
-professions: groupsthat represents layers, teachers, doctors, and other
professions…American medical association, 240 thousand in the 1990 elections
they spent 3.2 million dollars.
-Political action committees
-Regulation of Lobbying act 1946
-Ethics in govt. act 1978