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The Resource Hard choices, easy answers : values, information, and American public opinion, R. Michael Alvarez and John Brehm

Hard choices, easy answers : values, information, and American public opinion, R. Michael Alvarez and John Brehm

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Hard choices, easy answers : values, information, and American public opinion
Title
Hard choices, easy answers
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values, information, and American public opinion
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R. Michael Alvarez and John Brehm
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eng
Summary
Those who seek to accurately gauge public opinion must first ask themselves: Why are certain opinions highly volatile while others are relatively fixed? Why are some surveys affected by question wording or communicative medium (e.g., telephone) while others seem immune? In Hard Choices, Easy Answers, R. Michael Alvarez and John Brehm develop a new theory of response variability that, by reconciling the strengths and weaknesses of the standard approaches, will help pollsters and scholars alike better resolve such perennial problems. Working within the context of U.S. public opinion, they contend that the answers Americans give rest on a variegated structure of political predispositions--diverse but widely shared values, beliefs, expectations, and evaluations. Alvarez and Brehm argue that respondents deploy what they know about politics (often little) to think in terms of what they value and believe. Working with sophisticated statistical models, they offer a unique analysis of not just what a respondent is likely to choose, but also how variable those choices would be under differing circumstances. American public opinion can be characterized in one of three forms of variability, conclude the authors: ambivalence, equivocation, and uncertainty. Respondents are sometimes ambivalent, as in attitudes toward abortion or euthanasia. They are often equivocal, as in views about the scope of government. But most often, they are uncertain, sure of what they value, but unsure how to use those values in political choices.--
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1964-
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Alvarez, R. Michael
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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1960-
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Brehm, John
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  • Public opinion
  • Political culture
  • Values
  • Political psychology
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Hard choices, easy answers : values, information, and American public opinion, R. Michael Alvarez and John Brehm
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-241) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Equivocation
  • Masses and Elites
  • Mass Opinion and Representation
  • Do Elites Experience Ambivalence Where Masses Do Not?
  • Politics, Psychology, and the Survey Response
  • A Fickle Public?
  • Theory and Methods
  • Predispositions
  • Why Does Political Information Matter?
  • Ambivalence, Uncertainty, and Equivocation
  • Mass Public Opinion
  • Ambivalent Attitudes: Abortion and Euthanasia
  • Uncertainty and Racial Attitudes
Control code
FIEb17812586
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 247 pages
Isbn
9780691089188
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm47930488
  • (OCoLC)47930488
Label
Hard choices, easy answers : values, information, and American public opinion, R. Michael Alvarez and John Brehm
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-241) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Equivocation
  • Masses and Elites
  • Mass Opinion and Representation
  • Do Elites Experience Ambivalence Where Masses Do Not?
  • Politics, Psychology, and the Survey Response
  • A Fickle Public?
  • Theory and Methods
  • Predispositions
  • Why Does Political Information Matter?
  • Ambivalence, Uncertainty, and Equivocation
  • Mass Public Opinion
  • Ambivalent Attitudes: Abortion and Euthanasia
  • Uncertainty and Racial Attitudes
Control code
FIEb17812586
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 247 pages
Isbn
9780691089188
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm47930488
  • (OCoLC)47930488

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