The Politics of Public Opinion, Voting and Elections
Lead Author(s): Openstax Content
Student Price: FREE
A question pack on the American government and the politics of public opinion, voting and elections.
This content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Which of the following is not an agent of political socialization?
a family member
a religious leader
a U.S. senator
How are most attitudes formed?
in adulthood, based on life choices
in childhood, based on early childhood experiences
in college, based on classes and majors
after college, based on finances
_________ political content is given by a media source that lets the reader or viewer know upfront there is a political bias or position.
The Bradley effect occurs when people ____________.
say they will vote for a candidate based on the candidate’s name
say they will vote against a candidate because of the candidate’s race
say they will vote for a candidate but then vote against him or her
say they will vote in the next election but instead stay home
Which of the following is not part of a scientific poll design?
a leading question
a random sample
a representative sample
a low margin of error
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?
It is a good poll and the margin of error is small.
It is a good poll and the margin of error is acceptable.
It is a non-representative poll and the margin of error is too high.
The poll accurately predicts Clinton will receive 43 percent of the vote.
Why are social policies controversial?
They require people to accept the authority of the government.
They require government to balance the rights and liberties of different groups.
They require the government to increase spending.
They require a decrease in regulations and laws.
Which factor affects congressional approval ratings the most?
Supreme Court actions
Which institution has the highest average public approval ratings?
the U.S. House of Representatives
the U.S. Senate
the Supreme Court
How do polls affect presidential elections?
Polls help voters research information about each of the candidates.
Polls tell voters the issues that candidates support.
Polls identify the top candidates and the media interview those candidates.
Polls explain which candidates should win the election.
Presidential approval ratings _________ over a president’s term of office.
stay relatively stable
Which body of government is least susceptible to public opinion polls?
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Supreme Court
Which of the following makes it easy for a citizen to register to vote?
lengthy residency requirement
National Voter Registration Act
Which of the following is a reason to make voter registration more difficult?
increase voter turnout
decrease election fraud
decrease the cost of elections
make the registration process faster
What unusual step did Oregon take to increase voter registration?
The state automatically registers all citizens over eighteen to vote.
The state ended voter registration.
The state sends every resident a voter registration ballot.
The state allows online voter registration.
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?
voters who voted in the last election
What characterizes those most likely to vote in the next election?
over forty-five years old
income under $30,000
high school education or less
residency in the South
Why do Belgium, Turkey, and Australia have higher voter turnout rates than the United States?
compulsory voting laws
fewer registration laws
more polling locations
A state might hold a primary instead of a caucus because a primary is_________.
inexpensive and simple
transparent and engages local voters
faster and has higher turnout
highly active and promotes dialog during voting
Which of the following citizens is most likely to run for office?
Maria Trejo, a 28-year-old part-time sonogram technician and mother of two
Jeffrey Lyons, a 40-year-old lawyer and father of one
Linda Tepsett, a 40-year-old full-time orthopedic surgeon
Mark Forman, a 70-year-old retired steelworker
Where and when do Electoral College electors vote?
at their precinct, on Election Day
at their state capitol, on Election Day
in their state capitol, in December
in Washington D.C., in December
In which type of election are you most likely to see coattail effects?
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?
Which factor is most likely to lead to the incumbency advantage for a candidate?
candidate’s socioeconomic status
gerrymandering of the candidate’s district
media’s support of the candidate
candidate’s political party
Which of the following is not a step in the initiative process?
approval of initiative petition by state or local government
collection of signatures
state-wide vote during a ballot election
signature or veto by state governor
A referendum is not purely direct democracy because the ____________.
voters propose something but the governor approves it
voters propose and approve something but the legislature also approves it
government proposes something and the voters approve it
government proposes something and the legislature approves it