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1. Strom Thurmond’s Dixiecrats split off from the Democrats in 1948 over the issue of: A. veterans benefits B. civil rights
C. defense policies in Asia D. Eisenhower as a possible democratic presidential nominee.
2. White Southern voters are most likely to vote for the ______ presidential candidate:
A. liberal B. Republican C. democratic D. independent.
3. If a pollster’s sample is truly random: A. there must be a least 3000 in it B. it has to cover all parts of the state C. everyone the pollster is
studying has an equal chance of being polled D. the pollster can draw no conclusions from his results.
4. Political campaigns use focus groups to: A. insure that all political rallies are well-attended with friendly audiences B. "focus" the candidate's
concentration on the issues C. evaluate a selected group's reaction to various types of political advertisements or messages
D. control the media content of the opposition.
5. Which best describes U.S. political parties: A. they are always controlled by a central organization in Washington
B. their membership is very homogeneous C. the party label acts as a grease to make the separated powers system run more smoothly D. they try to
complicate our understanding of the major political issues.
6. Which one of the following voting groups was not part of Roosevelt’s grand coalition?
A. white collar workers B. ethnic minorities C. labor union members D. small farmers.
7. The “mass public” can never be motivated to become concerned over policy issues.
A. true B. false.
8. When Americans are really concerned about an issue: A. the harder it becomes for the government to make decisions without some citizen input
B. the more pressure groups are free to work in secret C. the more likely it for the political parties to become liberal D. the more conservative
they become..
9. ________families are most likely to socialize their children with liberal values:
A. Catholic B. Protestant C. Jewish D. Mormon.
10. The 26th Amendment: A. gave women the right to vote B. gave 18-20 year olds the right to vote
C. made voting easier for minorities D. is the last amendment added to the Constitution.
11. Voter turnout in U.S. national elections is: A. with the 2004/08 election results the lowest ever B. one of the lowest in the Western democracies
C. high compared to the old communist party system D. high when compared to all democracies.
12. Once registered America’s newest immigrants—Asians and Pacific Islanders—are about as likely to vote (80%) as any other group.
A. true B. false
13. Which of the following is not related to voting behavior?
A. social class B. income C. occupation D. age E. none. They are all related.
14. The public which pays attention to the issues is called the ________ public:
A. elite B. mass C. informed D. educated E. attentive.
15. The famous Literary Digest presidential poll in 1936: A. sampled all likely voters B. correctly predicted the winning presidential candidate
C. sampled car and phone owners D. was the first modern scientific poll
16. The sample size in a “standard” public opinion poll is normally about:
A. 300-500 B. 700-900 C. 1000-1500 D. over 3220
17. If a "standard poll" reveals the President's approval rating at 60%, which one of the following number would be outside the standard margin of
error: A. 56 B. 58 C. 63 D. 57.
18. The president who first passed the Voting Rights Act was: A. Kennedy B. Johnson C. Ford D. Nixon.
19. Voter turn-out in the South: A. used to be much lower than the national average B. is now nearer the national average than any time in the last 50
years C. increased after the Voting Rights Act passed D. all the above.
20. Giving 18-20 year olds the right to vote automatically increased the voter turn-out rate: A. true B. false.
21. By talking about “ending welfare as we know it, putting 100,000 cops on the street, and supporting the death penalty”, presidential candidate Bill
Clinton tried to reach the __________voting cluster. A. Republican B. Reagan Democrat C. Mexican-American D. Liberal Democrat.
22. Who ran on a civil rights plank in 1948: A. Strom Thurmond B. Eisenhower C. Truman D. Kennedy.
23. Mel and Normal Gabler's area of concern was: A. criticizing public school textbooks from a conservative point of view B. suing school
districts as in the 1986 Tennessee Scope's II case C. promoting AIDS education D. checking on liberal college professors.
24. Tolerance of other points of view and seeing issues in shades of gray instead of black and white were described in class as:
A. possible liberal outcomes of a college education B. the Gabler's essential message C. basically conservative approaches to politics
D. ways schools brainwash small children.
25. The first time Reagan seemed to have real opportunity to win the Republican nomination for President was:
A. 1964 B. 1968 C. 1976 D. 1980.
26. In the 14/1 plan that Dallas accepted under the Voting Rights Act, the 14 are city council seats, the (1) is:
A. the city manager B. the mayor C. the mayor pro-tempore.
27. Cross-over voting— democrat voting in the republican primary—is more likely to occur in a_______ primary.
A. nominal B. blanket C. closed D. open
28. Which former vice president promoted the idea that the media were liberal way back in 1969?
A. Nixon B. Limbaugh C. Agnew D. Bork.

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29. Demographics is the study of: A. computer programming B. polling techniques C. media image making
D. population characteristics such as the voting behavior of Cuban-Americans.
30. The most common type of direct primary election is the ____ primary.
A. caucus B. closed C. blanket D. open.
31. Since Carter ran for the presidency in 1976, the starting place in a candidate's quest for the presidential nomination has been:
A. the New Hampshire primary B. the Iowa Caucuses C. Super Tuesday D. the national convention.
32. Who campaigned against the nearly completed Panama Canal Treaty in his 1976 presidential primary fight?
A. Carter B. Ford C. Reagan D. Mondale.
33. Wedge issues are used to: A. make it easier for democrats and republicans to compromise B. make it easier for the public to identify each party
as standing for or against particular issues C. allow third party candidates to win D. elect local politicians on non-partisan ballots.
34. Congress created the _________ in 1974 as a result of their findings about the Watergate scandal:
A. NSA B. EPA C. Campaign Management Act D. Federal Election Commission.
35. Which one of the following would not normally be considered a single voting cluster: A. All voters with Hispanic last names
B. Cuban-Americans C. Mexican Americans D. Puerto Rican Americans.
36. Women started voting at the same rate as men in: A. 1920 B. 1940 C. 1960 D. 1980.
37. In most elections, the vote of a single individual will: A. make very little difference in the outcome B. have a great effect on the outcome
C. give individuality to each election D. make those who don't vote feel better about themselves
38. What had great impact on the turnout and outcome in the 1994, 1998 and 2010 congressional elections: A. weather conditions
B. Clinton’s successful legislative agenda C. the enthusiasm gap D. media blitzes by the national committees.
39. Single member districts (SMD's) are used to: A. help elect minorities to office B. help minorities register to vote
C. help minorities socialize minorities D. maintain white electoral advantages.
40. Which one of the following is FALSE: A. People over 50 are more likely to vote than people under 30 B. Voter turnout increases with income
C. Weather conditions never effect voter turnout D. Voter turnout in recent presidential election has been lower than it was in 1960.
41. Patronage and __________ are synonyms.
A. political machine B. politics C. gerrymandering D. the spoils system.
42. Another term for "critical election" is______- election:
A. republican B. realigning C. de-aligning D. deviating.
43. Consider a poll in which 50 percent of Americans oppose a national health care plan and 46 percent support it. If one were to characterize such a
poll, these results describe_________ public opinion. A. Consensus B. Latent C. Divisive D. Mass.
44. The only place where Democratic presidential candidates always won Electoral College votes between 1968 and 2012 was:
A. Alabama B. California C. Washington DC D. Texas.
45. Which of the following issues have the Republicans not tried to use as a wedge issue:
A. Abortion B. Gay unions C. Clinton sleaze D. “Obama” E. They have used all of these.
46. All the ideas a party stands for in any given election is its: A. plank B. platform C. philosophy D. ideology.
47. The 19th amendment gave ________ the right to vote.
A. women B. 18 to 20 year olds C. the Freedmen after the Civil War D. residents of Washington DC
48. Since _________nomination the major parties have used national nominating conventions to nominate their presidential candidates.
A. Jefferson’s B. Adams’ C. Jackson’s D. Lincoln’s.
Number each of your terms from 1 to 5
Skip a line between definitions
Write an accurate 5 sentence paragraph about each term including all Glossary Entry dates and facts.

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