Learning Objectives

By the time you finish reading this chapter, you will be able to

8.1 Discuss the quality of public opinion

8.2 Describe the ways we measure public opinion

8.3 Explain how political opinions are formed and how they pass from generation to generation

8.4 Describe why people vote or don’t vote and how voting is regulated

8.5 Describe the steps needed to hold presidential elections in the United States

8.6 Explain how the Electoral College works