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AP Government 5

AP Government - Chapter 5 Vocabulary

Chapter 5 TermsDefinitions
John Q. Public Colloquial term for average citizens and what they want or believe.
Middle America A phrase coined by Joseph Kraft in a 1968 newspaper column to refer to Americans who have moved out of poverty but are not yet affluent and who cherish traditional middle-class values.
Silent Majority A phrase used to describe people, whatever their economic status, who uphold traditional values, especially against the counter culture of the 1960's.
Social Status A measure of one's social standing obtained by combining factors such as education, income, and occupation.
Religious tradition The moral teachings of religious institutions on religious, social, and economic issues.
Gender gap Differences ni the political views and voting behavior of men and women.
Poll A survey of public opinion
Random Sample A sample selected in such a way that any member of the population being surveyed has an equal chance of being interviewed.
Liberal In general, a person who favors a more active federal government for regulating business, supporting social welfare, and protecting minority rights, but who prefers less regulation of private social conduct.
Conservative In general, a person who favors more limited and local government, less government regulation of markets, and more social conformity to traditional norms and values, and tougher policies toward criminals.
Political Ideology A more or less consistent set of views as to the policies government ought to pursue.
Sampling Error The difference between the results of two surveys or samples.
Libertarians People who wish to maximize a personal liberty on both economic and social issues. The prefer a small, weak government, that has little control over either the economy or the personal lives of citizens.
Populists People who hold liberal views on economic matters and conservative ones on social matters. The prefer a strong government that will reduce economic inequality, regulate businesses, and impose strincter social and criminal sanctions
Political elite An identifiable group of persons who poses a disporportional share of some valued resource, such as moeny or political power.
Norm A standard of right or proper conduct that helps determine the rage of aceptable social behavior and policy options.
Created by: monkeykist on 2005-03-04



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