The discussion of polling techniques relates because poll representations categorize people as for or against something, even when some people have no opinion. This supports Fiorina’s opinion, “The simple truth is that there is no culture war in the United states…”. The discussion of political influence is relevant because everyone has different opinions about everything. The different opinions are based upon political influences the person has encountered throughout their life. The discussion of media types and power is important because media influences the opinion of the
The concept of voter turnout is simply the total number of people that voted in a given election. The number of people that show up to vote during a given election is usually compared to two metrics, VAP and VEP. Voting Age Population takes into consideration all people that are older than the voting age in a given area, which is 18 years old in the United States. Voter Eligible Population uses the VAP and subtracts those over the age of 18 that aren’t eligible to vote, which includes and noncitizens and felons. VEP also includes American citizens that are overseas at the time of the election.
Logos, or logical appeals, imply the use of reasoning, and, moreover, it may be the most powerful strategy in the pocket of the author as his audience is more likely to believe in facts. In the article “People Like Us”, written by David Brooks, an American author and conservative political and cultural commentator for the New York Times, justifies that the United States is a fairly more homogeneous country, rather than diverse, by providing facts and approaching to his audience emotions, even though his ethos appeals are not the best. According to David Brooks, in “People Like Us”, Americans describe diversity today as racial integration, which is proven when an analysis is done on a 2000 census showing that both upper and middle class African Americans decided to live in their generally black neighborhoods” (63). The author uses a strong logos appeal by providing the results of the census:
William Jennings Bryan builds an effective argument proving the legitimacy of the Butler Act by persuading the audience that the act was created with a justifiable and tangible purpose in mind, rather than merely on a whim. He accomplishes this by appealing to pathos, more specifically the audience’s sense of entitlement. He proposes that the law is just, as a majority of people in Tennessee support it and since their taxes go towards paying teachers, they have a right to influence the public education system. He argues that the Legislation was acting in favor of the majority, which he furthered by using the collective word “we,” throughout his speech when referring to the people paying taxes to build a feeling of solidarity. By doing so,
Bonneau found that state supreme court campaign spending was driven by the characteristics of race, institutional arrangements, and the electoral and state supreme court context. There were moments when he defended his position well, but then moments when he did not. A few of his hypotheses were disproved, either as having intervening factors or spurious. The main strength in Bonneau’s argument was that he gave many comparisons and contrasts of the state judicial systems. They are similar in the fact that they need money in order to campaign and they need to campaign in order to get electoral support.
How are the number of electoral votes decided for each state? Each state gets as many electoral ballots as its joined total of senators and representatives. At a bare minimum each state gets three electoral votes. Larger states have equitably more electoral votes because a state 's House delegation is decided by the population. How many electoral votes are in your home state?
Although he failed to support that main point, the rest of his arguments would be hard to dispute considering the amount of support he was able to gather. This analysis would be very useful to readers who are looking for a more in depth understanding of the piece. Also, this analysis was proved usefully in my American Literature class due to the fact it brought many great ideas for
This begs the question of whether we are supposed to allow speakers because only a minority percentage believes in their ideas. Such questions may be answered following the belief of the students and the academic staff since my view of the subject may be subject to my school of thought. Moreover, answering that question may bring more questions than answers. The majority of the students may argue that people have the right to speak their mind while others may be of the opinion that free speech ought to have limitations if it contradicts the opinion of the majority. The rationale is that we live in a democratic state where the voice of the majority ought to be respected.
It is also useful to know how strongly the public holds particular opinions and the direction those opinions seem to be moving. The content, stability, intensity and direction of public opinion are all important indicators of what the public wants and expects out of its government and political leaders. While popular opinion is not the only factor that determines public policy, it is generally the most important one. Measuring Public Opinion Public opinion is not measured by asking every individual in the population questions about his or her opinions.In a nation of for example 270 million people, doing so would be impossible.Instead, pollsters ask a small group of individuals a set of questions and then generalize from their findings about that group to the larger population.Choosing a group of individuals out of a population that is representative of the entire population and then accurately measuring the opinions of those individuals is technical. Developing your opinions about issues affecting the
It is basic psychology that people usually align themselves with news, friends, and sources that confirm their beliefs, which is confirmation bias. Political parties rely heavily on confirmation bias especially from the news because the media usually discuss issues related to a two-party system as opposed to issues based on merit. The political parties view this and use it to their advantage because it divides the debate into Republicans versus Democrats. As Kim from IVN mentions a study from the Pew Research
The Latino/Hispanic Ethnic Group In 1973, the census for the Latino/Hispanic ethnic group was made official (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014). However, the United States Census Bureau (2014) goes over in their ‘Hispanic Heritage Month’ article, that the census led to controversy since "the term Hispanic [...] can be of any race” (United States Census Bureau, 2014). The Culture of the Latino/Hispanic Ethnic Group “Hispanic Americans and Latino Americans make up more than 17% of the US population with over 53 million Hispanics and Latinos living in the US” (Yafai, 2015). This group contains anyone that comes from a common ancestry; although this ethnic group is widely diverse, they come together with their combination of similarities. Language Immigrant