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Chapter 8 Vocabulary Practice Test - Public Opinion



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Match each definition with the correct vocabulary term below
a.
The process by which citizens acquire their sense of political identity
b.
Someone who favors rapid, fundamental change in the existing social, economic, or political order (and often agrees with the use of violence or extreme methods to achieve those things)
c.
A complex combination of traits (language, customs, traditions, etc. ) that are unique to the population of a country
d.
A person whose attitudes and opinions are somewhere between that of a liberal and conservative (“middle-of-the-road), and tend to be tolerant of other people’s views
e.
The wishes or support of the people in a democracy, as expressed by their votes
f.
A person who believes that the government should actively and peacefully promote social reform within the existing social, economic, or political system
g.
Those elements of a nation's culture that are related to government and politics
 

 1. 

culture
 

 2. 

liberal
 

 3. 

political socialization
 

 4. 

radical
 

 5. 

moderate
 

 6. 

political culture
 

 7. 

mandate
 
 
Match each definition with the correct vocabulary term below
a.
The determination of public opinion through precise sampling and statistical methods (rather than using older, less precise methods)
b.
The population that is to be studied in a poll is called this
c.
The range of accuracy of the results of a random sample poll
d.
A person in favor of the status quo, who is cautious about new policies, and who generally feels that the government should stay out of the affairs of businesses
e.
An organized pattern of looking at the political world; a systematic set of ideas that is used to justify a particular point of view
f.
Those people around us who have similar backgrounds and beliefs and may be near us in age
g.
General term that refers to people who hold traditional views, and oppose changes in society and/or government
h.
An informal survey of public opinion
i.
A sample chosen in such a way that every member of a group being polled has an equal chance of being selected
j.
The likelihood that something will happen (in this case, through scientific polling)
 

 8. 

straw poll
 

 9. 

right wing
 

 10. 

conservative
 

 11. 

random sample
 

 12. 

probability
 

 13. 

scientific polling
 

 14. 

ideology
 

 15. 

margin of error
 

 16. 

peers
 

 17. 

universe
 
 
Match each definition with the correct vocabulary term below
a.
Someone who advocates a return to a previous government or state of affairs, and who may be willing to go to extremes (even violence) to attain this goal
b.
In polling terms, a small group of people who accurately represent a 'universe'
c.
An organization of people with shared ideas and attitudes who attempt to influence public policy
d.
An object or expression that is part of a nation's political culture and that represents an abstract idea such as "freedom," "democracy," or the country itself
e.
The term that is used to describe those people in society who generally favor change (and are against the status quo)
f.
Conservatives favor this - keeping things the way they are at the present time
g.
The combination of many individuals' expressed feelings about government and political issues
 

 18. 

reactionary
 

 19. 

left wing
 

 20. 

status quo
 

 21. 

sample
 

 22. 

public opinion
 

 23. 

interest group
 

 24. 

political symbol
 



 
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