Political Science 1100, Introduction to American Politics, February 10, 2013
Exam 1, Wednesday February 12, 9:30am sharp
Civil Liberties: What Problems Should Not Be Public?
4. The Right to
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.
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
Sampling: Scientific Polling
- The most careful way to select people to ask for opinions.
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
Americans' opinions are not always logically consistent