Affirmative action is:
a government initiative to encourage employers to hire more minorities.
Affirmative action is a government program designed to help protected classes of people who have suffered wrongful discrimination in the past. It encourages businesses to hire more members of the protected groups; it also addresses discrimination in college and university admissions.
Which of the following is NOT a role of public opinion?
Forcing politicians to pass legislation.
Public opinion may motivate politicians to pass some legislation. At other times, politicians may not pass legislation the public wants and instead try to shape public opinion.
The importance that the public places on an issue is called
Salience means prominence. The salience of public opinion indicates the public’s evaluation of the importance of an issue. Public opinion on an issue could strongly feature the other characteristics but have low salience.
According to John Zaller, public opinion contains all of the following elements except
Political action is not on Zaller’s list of characteristics. Political action comes after opinion has been shaped.
Opinions are the most fundamental element in Zaller’s pyramid of public opinion because they shape our view of politics over a lifetime.
Values are the most fundamental element in Zaller’s hierarchy. Values shape our attitudes and eventually our opinions.
The members of the “attentive public” are those people who
become informed on issues but do not usually get actively involved in policymaking.
The attentive public is the minority of citizens who become informed on most public issues but who normally do not become actively involved in policymaking.
expect the politicians to respond to their issues
John Zaller states that mass opinion is made up of
values (unchanging core beliefs), attitudes (beliefs on broad policy issues), and opinions (more flexible views on specific policy issues).
Four characteristics of public opinion
direction (beliefs of the majority), stability (consistency over time), salience (importance), and strength (intensity of belief)
The public can be grouped
into the mass public (70-80%), the attentive public (15-20%), and the opinion makers (3-5%)
What is public opinion?
Our beliefs about broad police areas, stemming from our values
What is affirmative action?
The encouragement of increased representation of women and minority group members, especially in employment.
What is mass public?
the vast majority of citizens who pay little attention to politics or government actions. Politicians find it easier to shape their opinions.
The very small percentage of citizens who become informed on public issues; they actively advocate their positions and attempt to effect change
Legislator that polls the public and votes accordingly
Expert legislator who thinks and votes independently, basing his decisions on the public welfare, even if the public disagrees
The process by which people learn their attitudes, beliefs, and opinions about politics
Major influences on political socialization
the process by which people learn their attitudes, beliefs and opinions about politics
A random sample means that
all members of the target population have an equal chance of being selected for the sample
Randomness means that each person has an equal chance of being selected for a survey.
A “push poll” is a poll
designed to influence voters
Push polls are deceptively designed polls used to influence voters in a certain direction.
Which of the following characteristics does NOT represent a major cleavage in American politics?
Marital status can provide some difference, but does not seem to be a major cleavage on most issues.
A confidence limit in a poll indicates
a percentage statistic that indicates the degree of confidence a pollster has in the outcome of a poll.
A confidence limit expresses the pollster’s assessment of the accuracy of a poll.
In 1994, congressional Republicans misinterpreted data showing support for massive cuts in government programs.
The Republicans believed that Americans wanted less government in their lives but did not want to cut popular programs.
Which of the following characteristics of an opinion poll probably has the least influence on its outcome?
the gender of the poll-taker
This characteristic probably influences outcomes the least. The nature and style of the questions are much more important.
Peer groups may be less influential in attitude formation than social scientists originally believed because
people have a tendency to select peers with similar attitudes.
Social scientists have long believed that peer groups strongly influence the formation of political attitudes. However, there is some evidence that people select peer groups whose attitudes match ones already formed.
The primary effect of the media on political socialization is to reinforce citizens’ attitudes regarding the political process.
The media’s primary influence on the country’s attitudes toward politics is to disaffect people from the political process.
One reason for the recent decline in political participation in the United States is that
families have recently exerted a weaker influence on children and adolescents.
In recent years American families have shown decreased influence over children and adolescents. Caused by deteriorating family structure, this weakened family influence results in less political socialization and thus less participation.
Most people’s attitudes change from a belief in noble leaders to a feeling of skepticism during
At this point in life, people begin to see leaders as flawed human beings and recognize conflict in human existence.
For many people in the United States, the Vietnam War
created skepticism about government.
During the Vietnam War, governmental leaders often tried to shape public opinion by claiming that the U.S. was winning the war. By the end of the war, the majority of the public had become opposed to the war and had developed a skeptical attitude toward government.
Political socialization is the process by which a country changes from a free-market economic system to one in which the government owns all the means of production.
Political socialization is the process by which people form their attitudes, beliefs, and opinions. It does not refer to an economic system.
Which of the following is NOT a method of conventional political participation?
Strikes are considered to be a form of unconventional political participation because most people do not participate in them.
A sit-in is a
nonviolent occupation of space in a public or other location.
During a sit-in, protesters occupy space in a public or other facility in order to make a political statement. The sit-in was a form of protest used effectively to persuade businesses to serve African-Americans.
In political terminology, a “parochialist” is a person who
is interested in a single issue.
A parochialist contacts officials and actively works on one issue.
Unconventional political participation includes all of the following except
contributing money to campaigns.
This method is conventional. Many people and organizations make campaign contributions.
Conviction for a major felony may affect a person’s voting status.
A person convicted of a felony loses the right to vote.
The percentage of people who run for office in the U.S. is
less than 1%.
Few people in the U.S. actually run for office; the percentage is less than 1%.
What is the strongest predictor of political participation?
A person’s SES level provides the best prediction of his or her level of political participation.
In presidential elections from 1964-2004, the highest voting rates were found in those age 18-24.
The youngest voters have the lowest voting rates.
Which of the following is NOT true of ethnicity and voting?
Voting data show that some ethnic groups care more about politics than others do.
Differences in voting rates among ethnic groups are accounted for by differences in SES.
Socio-economic status (SES) includes all of the following characteristics except
High levels of SES are not associated with any particular religion.
In U.S. national elections, around _____% of the voting-age population votes.
This is one of the lowest rates among industrialized countries.
The social abilities necessary to understand the political system and to work within it to accomplish one’s goals is a definition of
These are the skills needed to make the political system work for you.
Which of the following is NOT true of the connection between social capital and politics?
Social capital is not necessary for democracies to flourish.
The social capital accumulated through voluntary associations is vital to democracies.
According to The Social Contract, which of the following is not true of Rousseau’s beliefs about government?
A social contract can be maintained without social participation.
Social participation is crucial for the validity of the social contract.
Which of the following is not true of de Tocqueville’s impressions of Americans?
They joined groups with only their own interests in mind.
Tocqueville noticed Americans were aware that their participation in groups was good for the whole society.
Critics of Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone have pointed out that
Americans are still joining groups, just not those tracked by Putnam.
Critics showed that Putnam had only studied a small number of the groups Americans now join.
One of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s reasons for writing The Social Contract was to provide
a justification for government.
He wanted to show that governments did not need to claim divine right in order to be legitimate.
Only politically active groups produce social capital.
Any association of people with similar concerns produces social capital.
Which of the following is not a basis for interest-group formation?
A booming economy
In most cases, people are content with a booming economic environment and would not be motivated to change it.
A free rider is
an individual who enjoys benefits from collective action without paying for them.
A free rider is a person who enjoys benefits without paying for them. For example, a person may benefit from lower taxes without joining the group working for lower taxes.
The Constitution and the political system encourage the formation of interest groups by
fragmenting power among local, state, and federal governments.
Power in the U.S. is very fragmented, making it necessary to petition many levels of government when seeking to change policies.
An example of a single-issue interest group is the National Rifle Association.
The NRA focuses only on the gun control issue and is therefore considered a single-issue organization.
The political scientist Mancur Olson hypothesized that people would not join interest groups to change a public policy because doing so takes time and money and because
they can benefit if the group succeeds even if they don’t participate.
Olson believed that it is illogical for people to join interest groups because not participating allows one to benefit from the changes made by the group, without any effort.
One reason for the success of the National Rifle Association is that it offers members
All the above (merchandise and discounts, social activities, group solidarity for those sharing common goals)
The NRA, like other successful organizations, offers merchandise, social activities, and solidarity.
All of the following give rise to social movements except
temporary shifts in public opinion.
Temporary shifts in public opinion or weak public opinions usually do not generate social movements.
Social movements may end due to all the following reasons except
loss of a charismatic leader.
The loss of a charismatic leader does not lead to the end of strong movements. In fact, it may actually strengthen the movement.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell is associated with
the Moral Majority.
Moral Majority is a fundamentalist Christian organization founded by Rev. Falwell.
Which of the following issues inspired a conservative social movement?
The move to limit the number of terms members of Congress could serve arose out of conservative leaders’ frustration with apparently undefeatable liberal incumbents.
The abolitionist movement of the 19th century was concerned with
This movement sought the end of slavery, which occurred in 1862 when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
A grassroots social movement is one that originates with political leaders and then catches on with the public.
A grassroots movement is one that begins with ordinary citizens and is then taken over by politicians.
An inside strategy for an interest group is one in which the group tries to mobilize other groups to influence members of Congress.
Interest groups using an inside strategy attempt to lobby members of Congress directly.
Interest groups have proliferated in American politics for all of the following reasons except
groups are completely unrestricted in their activities.
There are laws governing lobbying, and even free speech is not an unlimited right.
How is a relatively small group like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) able to be so effective?
The intensity of its members’ beliefs carries over into all of its activities.
Small intense groups often lobby very effectively.
The Chamber of Commerce has been successful in getting Congress to pass much of its legislative agenda because
it has members in almost every congressional district.
Almost every congressional district contains business owners, many of whom belong to chapters of the Chamber of Commerce.
Mobilizing the public to influence elected officials is an example of
an outside strategy.
An outside strategy attempts to influence representatives indirectly.
The primary skill of interest groups is providing
credible information on policy issues.
This is the main way groups achieve and maintain influence.
Federal law does not permit interest groups to donate money directly to political candidates. Therefore, many interest groups form political action committees to support candidates.
Federal law prohibits direct contributions from interest groups. PACs, on the other hand, are legal and may contribute.
PACs may not legally
donate up to $10,000 to each congressional candidate.
They may donate only $5,000 to each candidate.
Elected officials sometimes form PACs to
raise money for candidates they hope to see elected.
Elected officials may raise money to help candidates who share their goals.
Which of the following groups is represented by the most PACs and raises the most money for PACs?
Business corporations sponsor more PACs and raise more money than any other group.
A connected PAC is
formed by a company or labor union to advocate the organization’s interests.
A connected PAC is tied to a specific business or union.
Business PACs tend to support _______________ while labor union PACs tend to support __________________.
Businesses tend to be more conservative and to support Republicans; labor unions tend to be more liberal and to support Democrats.
A lobbyist seeking to persuade a member of Congress may employ an inside strategy, that is, one that tries to influence
the member’s congressional staff.
An inside strategy is one that seeks to influence a member’s staff or congressional colleagues.
Lobbyists may gain credibility and trust with members of Congress by
forming personal relationships with them.
Many lobbyists develop personal relationships with members of Congress. The relationships help the lobbyists gain access to the member.
In lobbying terms, to “astroturf” means to
create the image of grassroots support where none exists.
Lobbyists may try to create a false impression of public support for an issue to help get legislation passed.
To communicate with politicians, the public often uses all the following direct actions except
visiting all senators in Washington.
The public does not often have person to person contact with politicians; that is why lobbyists are so important.
A lobbyist is
a person who works to influence members of Congress to pass legislation.
A lobbyist is a person who tries to influence Congress or other political bodies to adopt policies or pass legislation favorable to the lobbyist’s employer.
An outside strategy for a lobbyist might try to generate grassroots support for a cause through advertising or by directly contacting the groups concerned.
Lobbyists may work to direct change from the public to the legislature.
Retired members of Congress must wait ___________ years before they can become lobbyists.
The waiting period to become a lobbyist is five years after retirement from Congress.
The Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act (FRLA)
limits the ability of interest groups to lobby Congress directly.
This act, passed in 1946, curtailed direct lobbying of Congress by interest groups.
Before 2002, “soft” money referred to
money contributed to political parties.
Soft money is money contributed to state and local party organizations that is not tied directly to a candidate. Please refer to topics 436 (Campaign Finance) and 437 (Campaign Finance Reform) for up-to-date information regarding soft money and other campaign finance issues.
The Founders wrote the Constitution specifically to promote the formation of interest groups.
The Founders feared the factionalism of interest groups but assumed that they were inevitable.
Interest groups have certain constitutionally protected rights. These include all the following except
the right to disrupt public meetings.
No individual or group has the right to disrupt public meetings.
The maximum amount of “hard” money that an individual may contribute to a candidate is
This is the “hard” money limit. There is no limit on “soft” money.
The party with a Congressional majority can shape Congress and influence legislation in the following way:
All of the above. (it can decide whose voice count most during floor debates, it can determine the size of staffs, it can select committee chairmen)
These are just a few of the ways in which the party that controls congress can influence legislation.
Political parties try to
simplify politics for the public
Doing so helps the public know who to vote for and what policies, in general, candidates are likely to support.
Which of the following is not a function of political parties?
To vote on amendments to the Constitution
functions of political parties:
-to define the proper role of government
-to provide a condesend, clarified view of the government for the public
-to win elections
Parties that win Congress and the presidency
can more easily form legislative coalitions
A majority party in both houses of Congress and in the White House has an enormous ability to form effective coalitions in order to decide what parts of the platform will be adopted and what laws will be enacted.
Traditionally, the Republican Party has been identified with
Parties often simplify their platforms to make them more accessible and understandable to the general public.
This is one of the ways that parties simplify politics, which helps the general public know which candidate(s) they wish to support.
The party platform is essentially a ballot, regarding important governmental issues, that party members must vote on before it becomes official.
The party platform is authored by the party leaders to tell people what the goals, the purposes, and the ends of the party are. Typically there is no voting involved.
To win elections, political parties
encourage people to vote and try to persuade voters
Party fund raising is largely aimed at these activities, since winning elections ultimately allows parties to organize the government.
Traditionally, the Democratic Party has been identified with
protection of the environment
Which of the following is NOT a reason for the continued existence of a two-party system in the United States?
No national elections in the U.S. allow proportional voting.
The number of electors in a state is determined by
the total number of the state’s congressional delegation (representatives and senators).
Each state has electors equal in number to the number of its representatives in Congress plus two (the number of its senators).
Pat Buchanan had more impact as a presidential candidate in 1996 than he did in 2000 because in 1996 he ran as a Republican and in 2000 he represented the Reform Party.
Buchanan had more impact as a major-party candidate than as third-party candidate.
The two-party system has been criticized most strongly for
making it difficult to bring outside voices into government.
The two parties tend to reflect mainstream American views.
Under a proportional voting system, minor parties
gain seats in the legislature based on the percentage of votes they receive.
All parties divide the legislative seats among them based on the percentage of votes each received.
As an example of the major parties’ failure to bring other voices into the system, Hispanices recently split from the Republicans and Democrats to form a strong third party.
Hispanics have not formed such a party but have found places in the major parties.
Which of the following was NOT favored by the Democratic-Republicans during the first party era?
Government by elites
The Federalists were in favor of a government controlled by elites.
Which party won 7 of the 9 presidential elections from 1860-1892?
Starting with the election of Lincoln in 1860, this period was the first of Republican dominance.
Who was elected president in 1932?
This was the first of four presidential elections FDR won.
All of the following parties were active during the period of Jacksonian democracy except the
The Federalists were no longer a force in American politics by 1820.
Which of the following has been true of U.S. politics since 1968?
Southern whites have largely changed their party allegiance from the Democrats to the Republicans.
President Nixon and other Republican leaders wooed southern whites with sometimes questionable tactics.
The presidential election in __________ marked the point at which the Democrats and Republicans came to control U.S. politics.
This election marked the beginning of the Republicans’ rise to power and the end of the Whigs.
Which of the following is NOT true of representatives in the English parliamentary system?
They nominate themselves for office.
In Britain, parties select candidates for office.
In the U.S., elected officials
feel free to vote the way their constituents want them to vote.
In the U.S., parties are weak, and politicians often vote counter to their party’s platform.
A party platform is a document written by a committee at the party’s national convention stating the party’s basic beliefs.
The platform is a general statement of beliefs for party members to run on.
A line-item veto is a veto
of a specific part of a spending bill.
The president may veto one part of a spending bill with which he disagree. The veto does not affect the rest of the bill.
The model of responsible party government contains all of the following points except
expelling party members who do not subscribe to every point in the platform.
Responsible parties do not demand absolute ideological purity from their members.
In his farewell address, George Washington advocated strong parties because he felt that they would help unify the country.
Washington distrusted parties and thought that they would be detrimental to the country.
On May 24, 2001, Senator James Jeffords of Vermont left the Republican Party and declared himself an independent. This was significant for all of the following reasons except
the Republicans were reduced to insignificance by his action.
The Democrats’ one-vote majority meant that they would have to work closely with Republicans to get legislation passed.
All of the following are regular operations of the national party committees except
providing patronage jobs.
This is something that state party organizations used to do.
Operations of national party committees:
-raising money for campaigns
Party advocates are faithful party members who are more ideological than the general public.
Advocates are also more committed to and passionate about the party.
Which of the following is NOT an area in which political parties attempt to put their ideas into practice?
Interest groups have their own organizations which may not be compatible with party goals.
All of the following are functions of the parties’ national conventions except
projecting a negative image.
Parties have tried more and more to create softer, more positive images at their conventions.
functions of the parties’ national conventions:
-showing support for the party’s presidential nominee
-writing and ratifying the party’s platform
-bringing party members together
A party’s national chairman is chosen by
the party’s presidential nominee.
The choice of a losing presidential candidate is replaced.
By state law, _______________ holds the first presidential primary.
New Hampshire has steadfastly maintained its position as the first primary state.
According to the Constitution, a president must be all of the following except
It is not a requirement that the president be a man.
-at least 35 years old
-a natural-born citizen
-a U.S. resident for at least 14 years
Which of the following is NOT true of modern presidential campaigns?
The nominating process is easier now than in the past.
The arduous process is used to winnow out candidates who lack broad public support.
Which of the following is NOT one of the ways delegates to the Democratic National Convention may be chosen?
Winner-take-all primaries are used in only a few Republican primaries.
In which kind of primary are voters NOT required to declare party allegiance?
Anyone may vote in an open primary.
A state’s delegates to the national convention are usually proportional to the state’s
Representation is generally proportional to population.
As a rule, in American elections 50% of campaign funds come from citizen contributions and an additional 10% come from candidates’ personal funds, loans, or political parties. The remaining 40% comes from
political action committees.
PACs are the second-largest source of funds for campaigns.
According to Tip O?Neill, former Speaker of the House, the most important component of any political campaign is the
O’Neill believed that money drove the other three components–the candidates, the issues, and the campaign organization.
Soft money is money contributed to state or local party organizations. The money is unregulated and does not have to be reported to the Federal Election Commission.
Soft money is not contributed directly to candidates and does not have to be reported.
An incumbent is an individual who challenges an officeholder in an election.
An incumbent is a current officeholder.
Political action committees (PACs) tend to donate the most money to all of the following except
PACs tend not to donate to candidates not likely to win.
One position in favor of wealthy candidates running for office argues that
they may be more independent than candidates who must raise money from special interest sources.
Wealthy candidates are able to choose the sources of their campaign contributions, and this may make them more independent once elected to office.
All of the following are reasons for the continued importance of the television audience for conventions except
televised images are no longer as potent as they once were.
Televised images are powerful, and parties manage conventions accordingly.
Delegates to the national conventions represent people of all levels of political activity.
Delegates are more ideological and more committed to political activity.
All of the following are activities of delegates to the national conventions except
behaving solemnly, in keeping with the importance of the occasion.
Delegates are often boisterous and noisy.
This group prowls the skyboxes at the conventions, trying to enlist the support of powerful politicians and wealthy campaign donors.
Future presidential hopefuls
Those hoping to win the nomination in the next four to eight years will lay the groundwork at a current convention.
Presidential candidates today are likely to choose running mates for
Contemporary presidential nominees choose vice presidents based on the compatibility of their views.
Which of the following is not true of the party platform?
It is written with forceful, concrete words.
Platforms are often written in bland, generically patriotic language.
Which of the following people would probably have the hardest time establishing name recognition early in a presidential race?
The mayor of a small town in Alaska
Which of the following is not a group immediately affected by a presidential campaign?
Which of the following is not typically part of a candidate’s early campaign strategy?
Choosing a vice-presidential candidate
Which of the following is not among the personal qualities a successful presidential candidate needs?
Prior political experience
A viable presidential candidate will probably be affiliated with one of the two major political parties, which can offer their candidate all of the following except what?
Democratic presidential candidates typically seek the endorsement of which of the following organizations?
National Organization for Women
Which of the following is the term for public relations workers who set up media events before a candidate’s appearance?
Presidential candidates must attend numerous fund-raising dinners. Because of the low quality of the food served to them, these fund-raisers have become known collectively as what?
To meet the constitutional qualifications to become president, a candidate must be at least how many years old?
In 2004, this former governor of Vermont became the first presidential candidate to raise funds from grassroots supporters via the Internet.
In political science terms, the activists who identify strongly with a political party and work to promote its success are known as the party’s what?
Which of the following is a name for a powerful leader of a political party, able to control votes and dictate appointments?
A party boss
The period of intense campaigning occurring for a year or more before the first primary election is known as what?
The process for choosing presidential nominees changed after riots broke out at which of the following party conventions?
1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago
One way candidates try to stand out from a crowd of competitors in a primary is by attacking their opponents. However, this strategy can be risky because of which of the following reasons?
Criticizing primary opponents too severely can be seen as an attack on the party
In a primary election there are generally __________ candidates, but in the general election there are usually __________ main ones.
Because the media tend to cover the primary season as if it were one long horse race, candidates must do which of the following?
Poll constantly and worry about their pack position
Which of the following resembles a primary, except that the voting is done in small gatherings of voters, rather than by secret ballot.
Which of the following is not an activity that figures into a candidate’s general strategy during the primary season?
Choosing a vice-presidential nominee
Which of the following are the first two states to select delegates during the primary season?
Iowa and New Hampshire
To discover the concerns of undecided voters, campaigns typically do all except which of the following?
Send out direct mail
Which of the following two third-party candidates won enough votes to affect the outcome of a general election?
Ross Perot and Ralph Nader
In the general election, a campaign concentrates its energies on winning over all but which of the following groups of voters?
the party’s base
The 2004 presidential election was decided by the results in this battleground state.
Which of the following is not a characteristic of voters in a battleground state?
They are not up for grabs, according to candidates’ polling
Every state in the union as well as the District of Columbia has a minimum of ____ electoral votes.
A __________ issue—a position issue that divides members of a political party—is used by candidates to try to attract disaffected voters away from an opponent’s party.
A synonym for “battleground state” is “__________ state.”
A candidate must win which of the following to win the general election?
A majority in the Electoral College
A majority of the votes in the Electoral College is at least ___ votes.
When campaign volunteers spread out across a neighborhood, knock on doors, and talk to people briefly about a candidate’s views, which of the following are they conducting?
Groups like the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote are best known for their work with which of the following?
A type of fake poll used to discourage an opponent’s supporters from voting is known as a _____ poll.
Campaign techniques are used to implement all aspects of campaign __________.
Which of the following activities is not characteristic of a get-out-the-vote drive?
Unregistered voters are ignored as not being worth the effort
______________ is an investigation into all aspects of a candidate’s personal and public life.
Which of the following is not true of the questions asked in a valid poll?
They are chosen randomly
Which of the following is a term used for the group of people who respond to a poll?
Which of the following is not true of focus groups conducted by political campaigns?
They produce results that are generalizable to the population at large
Some simple, traditional ways for candidates to boost their name recognition include all except which of the following?
This term refers to a type of negative campaign ad, often broadcast on television, that seeks to destroy an opponent’s character.
Which of the following is not true of issue ads?
They are paid for by candidates’ campaigns
Which of the following apply to candidates in a televised presidential debate?
They must answer questions on a variety of topics
Which of the following is not an advantage of using the Internet as part of a media campaign?
Mistakes rarely crop up on the Internet, and are easily contained
Which of the following is true of magazines that regularly cover politics?
They tend to have small circulations
Which of the following activities is not generally a way for candidates to use the press as a campaign tool?
Start up a newspaper and use it to promote a campaign
As part of a television campaign, a candidate should be prepared to appear on all except which of the following.
Radio ads are still an important campaigning technique because of which of the following.
They can be targeted to very specific groups of voters
Candidates often bemoan the widespread use of negative campaigning, but nearly all of them continue to use it. Why?
The first televised presidential debates, held in 1960, were between which two candidates?
Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy
The matching federal funds available to candidates are financed through
the $3 checkoff box on tax returns.
Under the FECA, the two major-party candidates can receive a public grant for __________ percent of their general-election expenses.
Under federal campaign-finance law, a person can spend unlimited amounts of money on political messages as long as
the expenditures are made independently of any candidate’s campaign.
Which governmental entity is charged with enforcing the country’s campaign finance laws?
Federal Election Commission
When accepting matching funds for the general election, major-party candidates agree
not to raise any additional money from PACs or individuals.
What is the term for a group set up by a business or issue-advocacy organization, for example, to raise and contribute funds to political campaigns.
political action committee
In the 1970s, Congress passed and then repeatedly amended a law to regulate campaign finance. This law was called the
Federal Election Campaign Act.
Federal campaign-finance laws prohibit which of the following from spending money on federal elections?
Campaign contributions and expenditures by most political organizations are regulated by a particular section of the Internal Revenue Code, and as a result, these organizations have come to be called
The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act is commonly called the __________, after its two main Senate sponsors.
Before the Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision what kind of corporation was allowed to spend money on electioneering?
These groups were exempted from the prohibition on corporate spending on advocacy for particular candidates. News organizations typically endorse candidates.
In the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court divided along what lines?
conservative justices versus liberal justices
Four conservative judges (Roberts, Thomas, Scalia, Alito) and the justice who often casts a swing vote (Kennedy) found for the plaintiff and ruled the restrictions on corporate electioneering unconstitutional.
In 2007, the Federal Election Commission fined Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and Moveon.org, two 527 corporations because
their advertisements advocated the defeat of a particular candidate.
The FEC determined that their advertisements crossed the line into advocating for the defeat of a particular candidate contrary to the restrictions placed on 527s.
Although they have lots of money, a corporation like Apple Computer or Microsoft might not spend it directly on electioneering ads because
it might alienate customers.
Corporations like these are different from labor unions and non-profits in that they have a customer base and the country is closely divided politically.
Why did Barack Obama reject public funding for the presidential campaign?
because he could raise more money on his own
Obama was able to raise much more money on his own than was provided by the public financing system.
A ballot printed by the government and kept consistent within a state is known as an ________________ ballot.
These ballots, designed to prevent voter fraud, originated in Australia.
Although only 50% of potential voters in the United States actually vote, the percentage of registered voters who do so is
Once potential voters register, they are highly likely to vote.
Which of the following constitutional amendments was not enacted to eliminate a barrier to voting?
This amendment instituted the income tax.
Which of the following has had the greatest effect on voting levels in the United States?
Voting Rights Act of 1965
This law brought levels of black voter turnout up to that of whites’.
In U.S. history, all of the following have been barriers to voting at one time or another except
Voting has never been restricted based on religious belief.
The United States has a higher rate of voter turnout than which of the following countries?
Switzerland is the only country in the group that has a voting rate lower than the U.S.’s.
A _______________ issue in one on which there are stark, irrconcilable differences between the candidates.
Abortion is an example of a hot-button issue.
Wedge issues and pocketbook issues are examples of
Position issues are those on which the candidates differ.
Which statement accurately describes the contrast between Democrats and Republicans?
Democrats are more liberal on social issues; Republicans are more conservative on economic matters.
Republicans tend to favor less regulation of business; Democrats are more liberal regarding personal behavior.
The beliefs that prosperity is good and that crime is bad are examples of
These are issues on which the candidates agree.
The median voter model has nothing to do with issues.
Candidates can attract centrist voters only by addressing issues they care about.
President Kennedy’s image of youthful exuberance and his willingness to experiment were connected to his
founding of the Peace Corps.
The Peace Corps is a unique experiment in American foreign policy.
When deciding whether to vote, Americans consider all of the following except
whether or not their vote will make a difference.
Those who think their votes will not matter usually do not vote.
All of the following strongly influence voter turnout except
The wishes of foreign governments do not enter into most Americans’ voting decisions.
Of the following influences on voting decisions, the strongest predictor of voting choice is
Those strongly identified with a party tend to vote almost exclusively for their party’s candidates.
The 1992 presidential campaign generated several memorable political slogans. Which of the following was associated with Bill Clinton?
“It’s the economy, stupid.”
Clinton ran on a promise to reinvigorate the economy.
Which of the following is generally considered the most important act of citizenship for an American?
In a democracy, voting is the most important expression of citizenship.
In the 1988 presidential election, George H.W. Bush campaigned successfully using which of the following slogans?
“Read my lips – no new taxes.”
This promise came back to haunt him in 1990 when he was forced to raise taxes to meet budgetary necessities.
To ensure that they do not act directly contrary to the interests of democracy, the media now hold off projecting a winner of the presidency on election night until voters in __________ have had a chance to vote.
Internet tools for campaigns include all of the following except
Campaign staffs spend hours negotiating every detail of a presidential debate, including all the following except
what topics the questions will cover.
Which of the following is true of the first televised presidential debate, held in 1960 between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy?
Television viewers said that Kennedy won the debate.
The term __________ refers to a short, quotable statement convenient for media broadcasts.
Candidates strive not to appear stiff or awkward on television for fear that they will seem
fearful or deceptive.
The media often seem to give scant attention to the issues in a campaign, preferring to report on the candidates’ __________rather than their views.
The power of television to saddle a candidate with a negative image was forcefully demonstrated when President __________, a gifted athlete, tripped on one occasion while exiting from an airplane and was thereafter known as a klutz.
Television revolutionized politics because
with one appearance, a candidate could reach millions of viewers.
Candidates try to reclaim some control over their public images by doing all of the following except
testifying before Congress.
Television and radio programs that mix elements of news and entertainment are categorized as
When the roles of news and entertainment become mixed, political stories end up being reported like
Most radio talk-show hosts are
If consolidation of ownership of media properties continues, some critics fear that all the following may happen except
political reporting will remain unaffected by the drive for profits.
The first and most important step to take to combat media bias is to
be aware of it.
If a reporter relies too extensively on governmental experts,
an official view can wind being presented as an objective one.
__________ is the term used to describe the tendency of news reporting to become homogeneous.
Surveys have shown media professionals in general have political attitudes that are more __________ than those of most Americans.
A media outlet would be biased if its reports
were expected to reflect its owner’s views.
Because almost no reporter questioned the Bush administration’s case for invading Iraq in 2003,
most Americans believed the administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
An example of free media coverage of a candidate is
a story about a president visiting a disaster area.
A presidential visit is always news. Coverage of the visit does not have to be paid for, even if the president is running for re-election.
A newspaper endorsement of a presidential candidate means that
a newspaper’s editorial board supports a candidate in print.
Endorsements by ethical journalists are confined to editorial pages or otherwise clearly identified as opinion. An endorsement is not news reporting.
One of the media’s primary goals when covering political events is to entertain its audience.
The media uses politics not only to inform but also to entertain in order to gain a larger audience.
Candidates almost never try to use the media to help win elections because doing so would make them seem manipulative.
Candidates love the media when they receive favorable coverage.
The media lent more credence to appearance than to substance during
the 1960 presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
Those who watched the debate on television were favorably impressed with the way Kennedy looked as opposed to Nixon’s tired appearance. Those who listened to it on radio thought that Nixon won the debate.
The media can instill fear in a candidate and even destroy a campaign. This was shown by coverage of
Senator Gary Hart’s alleged affair while campaigning for president in 1988.
Before the 1988 primary season, the media reported that Senator Hart had engaged in improper behavior; he subsequently withdrew his candidacy.
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