Campaigns: Candidates, Strategies, and Political Parties
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A question pack on campaigns and elections from Saylor Academy.
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All of the following activities are part of the initial steps in running for office EXCEPT:
Developing a campaign plan
Forming an exploratory committee
Informing the incumbent of your plans to challenge him or her
Deciding the issues upon which the campaign will be based
All of the following are components of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act EXCEPT:
A ban on soft money
Increased hard money contribution limits
A ban on candidates from using federal funding for campaigns
Restrictions on issue advocacy advertising
Modern campaigns utilize polling in large part to:
Arouse all possible voters to vote in response to the candidate’s message
Encourage heavy turnouts of eligible voters
Facilitate efficient allocation of campaign resources
Mobilize campaign workers to intensify their voter registration efforts
One of the more notable trends in the 2010 congressional elections was:
The unprecedented number of women who ran for open seats
The increasing number of African-American Republican candidates
Latinos had the highest voter turnout of any minority group
The large number of candidates who financed their own campaigns
Since the 1990s, the vast majority of campaign donations have come from:
Corporations and wealthy individuals
Political action committees
The dramatic rise in the number and use of professional campaign consultants can be attributed to the fact that:
Campaigns have become increasingly candidate-centered
Campaign finance reform has forced campaigns to hire more consultants to help in fundraising efforts
Political parties have had a declining influence on campaigns
A and C
Reelection rates for members of Congress have historically been ______________ percent.
What has been the trend concerning opposition research in recent campaigns?
It’s being done more
It’s being done less
Campaign finance reform laws have virtually eliminated it
It’s utilized much more by Republicans than Democrats
Which of the following statements is correct regarding candidates who self-finance their campaigns?
A candidate’s personal wealth does not guarantee political success
Most voters are turned off by wealthy candidates
Democrats make up the majority of self-funded candidates
Self-funded candidates do not usually accept campaign contributions
Based on Abraham Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs” theory, many people who seek political office are motivated by the need for:
Status and recognition
A striking characteristic of third parties is that they:
Advance controversial issues and ideas
Are always radical
Are always conservative
Have no place in the American system
All of the following are correct regarding interest group spending in the 2010 congressional elections EXCEPT:
House candidates received more money than Senate candidates
Spending nearly doubled since the 2008 elections
Corporations were able to spend unlimited cash on election activities
Interest groups contributed more to challengers than incumbents
Any group whose members share attitudes and try to achieve certain policy goals within the political process is called a(n):
All of the above
The employee of an interest group who presents its point of view to legislators is called a:
The purpose of a political party is to:
Recruit candidates to run for office
Help voters decide
All of the above
The ______________ and the ______________ were the first political parties to emerge in the United States.
______________ was the first president of the Republican Party.
William Jennings Bryan
What is the maximum amount that a political action committee (PAC) can contribute to a federal candidate per election cycle?
Which of the following groups is most firmly in the coalition that comprises the contemporary Democratic Party?
Which of the following statements are correct regarding 527 groups?
They have exploited loopholes in campaign finance regulations
Campaign finance law has limited the amount of contributions they can give
They operate independently of political candidates’ campaigns
They played a larger role in the 2008 rather than the 2004 presidential election
What were the Founding Fathers’ initial views of political parties?
They created unnecessary social conflicts
They helped to maintain a healthy democracy
The more parties that existed the better
They undermined the Constitution
Americans who are not registered to vote are more likely to be:
Socially isolated from other people
Generally mistrustful of others
New arrivals in their neighborhoods
All of the above
Political socialization concerns the study of:
How political attitudes and loyalties are formed
How children learn about government and citizenship
How political preferences are passed on from one generation to another
All the above
All of the following have contributed to low voter turnout in recent years EXCEPT:
The inability for political parties to create cohesive and enduring coalitions
Voter disenchantment with the length, quality, and tone of political campaigns
Increasingly negative news coverage of political campaigns
The lack of diversity among political candidates
Criminal disenfranchisement laws in the United States:
Are generally supported by the American public
Are fairly uniform across the country
Have disproportionately impacted people of color
Are expected to be phased out within the next 20 years
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