In Class - Discuss the role of public opinion and the factors that shape it. Group mini project: As a group, you are to conduct a public opinion survey of 100 people regarding five questions that your group comes up with. The questions need to be open ended and may cover a broad range of political topics. Criteria: people you survey must be at least 17 years of age (or a senior in high school). When you ask the questions, have the person filling out the survey include their first name, age, gender, political affiliation, occupation, race/ethnicity, and religion. Some people may be reluctant to give you some of this information, but this is ok. Get as much information about the person as possible. Reassure them that none of this will be used only to analyze the responses of the people interviewed. I would like to have these responses completed by Friday, January 29. I will check with each group throughout the week regarding progress.
Homework - Read Chapter 8 regarding public opinion and the factors that influence it. Also, QOW reflection over Friday's class discussion is due by 11:59 tonight.