Chapter 18: Interest Groups
and Public Opinion
"Public Opinion Polls"
In this chapter you have learned about
the types of interest groups in the United States, how lobbyists
affect public policy, how public opinion is formed in the United
States, and the methods used to measure public opinion. In this
activity you will take a closer look at an organization that
conducts polling to monitor public opinion on various issues.
Destination Title: Public
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the Public Agenda Online Web site.
the menu on the left of the screen, click on the
topics About Public Agenda and About Polling and
browse through the material. Under About Polling,
read the article titled Best Estimates: A Guide to Sample
Size and Margin of Error.
to the main screen. Under the "Issues" heading on the left
side of the screen, choose an issue you would like to learn
more about and click on it.
the screen featuring your chosen issue, click on People's
this page click on several of the topics or statements that
are given. This will bring up graphs presenting the public's
opinion on the issue.
through the pages, taking notes as you go.
After you have read through the
information, answer the following questions.