The Politics of Public Opinion, Voting and Elections
The Politics of Public Opinion, Voting and Elections

The Politics of Public Opinion, Voting and Elections

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A question pack on the American government and the politics of public opinion, voting and elections.

Question 1

Which of the following is not an agent of political socialization?

A

a family member

B

a religious leader

C

a teacher

D

a U.S. senator

Question 2
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How are most attitudes formed?

A

in adulthood, based on life choices

B

in childhood, based on early childhood experiences

C

in college, based on classes and majors

D

after college, based on finances

Question 3

_________ political content is given by a media source that lets the reader or viewer know upfront there is a political bias or position.

A

Overt

B

Covert

C

Explanatory

D

Expository

Question 4
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The Bradley effect occurs when people ____________.

A

say they will vote for a candidate based on the candidate’s name

B

say they will vote against a candidate because of the candidate’s race

C

say they will vote for a candidate but then vote against him or her

D

say they will vote in the next election but instead stay home

Question 5

Which of the following is not part of a scientific poll design?

A

a leading question

B

a random sample

C

a representative sample

D

a low margin of error

Question 6
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A poll states that Hillary Clinton will receive 43 percent of the vote. There is an 8 percent margin of error. What do you think of the poll?

A

It is a good poll and the margin of error is small.

B

It is a good poll and the margin of error is acceptable.

C

It is a non-representative poll and the margin of error is too high.

D

The poll accurately predicts Clinton will receive 43 percent of the vote.

Question 7

Why are social policies controversial?

A

They require people to accept the authority of the government.

B

They require government to balance the rights and liberties of different groups.

C

They require the government to increase spending.

D

They require a decrease in regulations and laws.

Question 8
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Which factor affects congressional approval ratings the most?

A

presidential actions

B

foreign events

C

Supreme Court actions

D

domestic events

Question 9

Which institution has the highest average public approval ratings?

A

the presidency

B

the U.S. House of Representatives

C

the U.S. Senate

D

the Supreme Court

Question 10
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How do polls affect presidential elections?

A

Polls help voters research information about each of the candidates.

B

Polls tell voters the issues that candidates support.

C

Polls identify the top candidates and the media interview those candidates.

D

Polls explain which candidates should win the election.

Question 11

Presidential approval ratings _________ over a president’s term of office.

A

increase

B

decline

C

stay relatively stable

D

seesaw

Question 12
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Which body of government is least susceptible to public opinion polls?

A

the president

B

U.S. Senate

C

U.S. House of Representatives

D

U.S. Supreme Court

Question 1

Which of the following makes it easy for a citizen to register to vote?

A

grandfather clause

B

lengthy residency requirement

C

National Voter Registration Act

D

competency requirement

Question 2
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Which of the following is a reason to make voter registration more difficult?

A

increase voter turnout

B

decrease election fraud

C

decrease the cost of elections

D

make the registration process faster

Question 3

What unusual step did Oregon take to increase voter registration?

A

The state automatically registers all citizens over eighteen to vote.

B

The state ended voter registration.

C

The state sends every resident a voter registration ballot.

D

The state allows online voter registration.

Question 4
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If you wanted to prove the United States is suffering from low voter turnout, a calculation based on which population would yield the lowest voter turnout rate?

A

registered voters

B

voting-eligible population

C

voting-age population

D

voters who voted in the last election

Question 5

What characterizes those most likely to vote in the next election?

A

over forty-five years old

B

income under $30,000

C

high school education or less

D

residency in the South

Question 6
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Why do Belgium, Turkey, and Australia have higher voter turnout rates than the United States?

A

compulsory voting laws

B

more elections

C

fewer registration laws

D

more polling locations

Question 7
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A state might hold a primary instead of a caucus because a primary is_________.

A

inexpensive and simple

B

transparent and engages local voters

C

faster and has higher turnout

D

highly active and promotes dialog during voting

Question 8

Which of the following citizens is most likely to run for office?

A

Maria Trejo, a 28-year-old part-time sonogram technician and mother of two

B

Jeffrey Lyons, a 40-year-old lawyer and father of one

C

Linda Tepsett, a 40-year-old full-time orthopedic surgeon

D

Mark Forman, a 70-year-old retired steelworker

Question 9
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Where and when do Electoral College electors vote?

A

at their precinct, on Election Day

B

at their state capitol, on Election Day

C

in their state capitol, in December

D

in Washington D.C., in December

Question 10

In which type of election are you most likely to see coattail effects?

A

presidential

B

midterm

C

special

D

caucuses

Question 11
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Susan is currently working two part-time jobs and is frustrated about the poor economy. On Election Day, she votes for every challenger on the ballot, because she feels the president and Congress are not doing enough to help her. What type of vote did she cast?

A

retrospective

B

prospective

C

pocketbook

D

straight ticket

Question 12

Which factor is most likely to lead to the incumbency advantage for a candidate?

A

candidate’s socioeconomic status

B

gerrymandering of the candidate’s district

C

media’s support of the candidate

D

candidate’s political party

Question 13
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Which of the following is not a step in the initiative process?

A

approval of initiative petition by state or local government

B

collection of signatures

C

state-wide vote during a ballot election

D

signature or veto by state governor

Question 14

A referendum is not purely direct democracy because the ____________.

A

voters propose something but the governor approves it

B

voters propose and approve something but the legislature also approves it

C

government proposes something and the voters approve it

D

government proposes something and the legislature approves it