Political Science 1100, Introduction to American Politics, February 10, 2013


Exam 1, Wednesday February 12, 9:30am sharp

Current Events 




Civil Liberties: What Problems Should Not Be Public?




4. The Right to Privacy

    The case of Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) - Griswold arrested for making contraceptives available


        - The Supreme Court Majority Opinion rules there is a right to privacy


        - Hugo Black's Minority Opinion



5. Tolerance - a necessary protection for civil liberties.


    Political tolerance

  refers to our willingness to apply constitutional rights

        to all members of society, no matter who they are







Public Opinion: How Americans View Government and Politics


1. How Do You Find Out About Americans' Political Opinions?

        a. Why the Personal Approach Doesn't Work


b. Random Sampling: Scientific Polling
    - The most careful way to select people to ask for opinions.



2. A Consumerís Guide to Well Conducted Polls


Pay attention to

a). The Margin of Error


b). Whether or not the Sample is Random


c). The Wording of the Questions


d). Interpreting the Results



3. What do you find out when you ask Americans for their political opinions?

a. Americans have limited knowledge of public affairs




b. Americans' opinions can change, sometimes quickly



c. Americans' opinions are not always logically consistent