Public Opinion Short Essay

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The purpose of this essay is to examine the bases of ideological perspectives. This assignment has three parts but the essence of the assignment is part 2*, this is where the bulk of the points will be scored.

  1. Your ideology
    1. Take the PEW typology quiz http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
    2. How were you categorized?
    3. Are you at all surprised by your results?
  2. *Examine the bases of your ideological perspective in terms of:
    1. Chapter 6, “Public Opinion” of your Open to Debate e-text
    2. Jonathan Haidt and George Lakoff who look at differences in ideology as manifestations of deep-seated moral values. I will be expecting references to Haidt and Lakoff in your essay and you should find the following resources to be of help.
      1. Haidt, “What Makes People Vote Republican” Ch. 6 Reader
      2. Jonathan Haidt TED Talk: https://embed.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_can_a_divided_america_heal (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
      3. Lakoff, “Don’t Underestimate Trump” Ch. 5 Reader
    3. Please relate your understanding of ideology, above, to a contemporary political topic or topics. If you are having difficulty coming up with a topic, consider some of the recent developments shaping public opinion such as: fake news, alternative facts, white lies, the polarization of cable news, the role of social media such as Facebook, etc.

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