In the American system of government, public opinion seems to be an important factor in political and governmental decision-making. In what ways does the public, through opinion, control public opinion? In what ways do political leaders control public opinion? What are the positive and negative consequences of governing by public opinion?
Describe the differences between liberal and conservative ideologies in American politics? Using one social or demographic group as an example, describe some of the factors that may have shaped the ideological orientation of that particular group. What factors may explain inconsistencies in that group’s political ideology or issue positions?