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 ...