Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe American political culture and explain how it has evolved over time.
  • Understand political socialization and the sources through which Americans learn their values.
  • Identify the ways in which different groups affect public opinion and politics in general.
  • Evaluate the factors that bring about changes in public opinion.
  • Explain how ideologies acquire their structure.
  • Explore the different methods by which public opinion can be measured.