Learning Objectives

10.1 Define public opinion.

10.2 Describe the ways that public opinion can be measured.

10.3 Explain six elements that contribute to the forming of opinion.

10.4 Discuss to what extent public opinion is meaningful.

10.5 Summarize the role of consensus in politics and policy issues.

10.6 Relate the role that group differences such as gender and race can have on public opinion.

10.7 Discuss the influences and limitations of public opinion in American politics.