CHAPTER5

American Ideology and Public Opinion

In This Chapter

  • Political ideology and attitudes toward government
  • Political ideology and the American people
  • Ideology and tolerance
  • Political elites
  • Public opinion and public policy

The term ideology refers to a person’s beliefs about political values and the role that government should play in people’s lives. Ideology links our fundamental values to the day-to-day operations of government and the policies that a government enacts. Two major schools of political thought dominate American politics: liberalism and conservatism. However, many other schools of thought define the spectrum in American ...

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