PL SC 001 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Cognitive Dissonance, 28 Fundamental Beliefs (Adventist), Joe Biden

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People use the relevant information they have to form political attitudes. A few basic facts are known by most. Knowledge about specific policy debates are often limited. Americans aren"t fools, they just don"t value political knowledge. Ambivalence = a state of mind produced when particular issues evoke attitudes and beliefs that pull in opposite directions. Ignorance does not prevent people from expressing opinions. **cq: the best explanation for the public"s lack of knowledge about politics is that: Answer: most people do not believe that politics is important to their daily lives. An individual"s enduring affective or instrumental attachment to one of the political parties. Heuristic/cognitive shortcut = mental device allowing citizens to make complex decisions based on a small amount of information. Most dominant factor in attitude formation for most americans. A citizen who is highly attentive to and involved in politics, or some sub-area of it, and to whom other citizens turn for political information and cues.

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