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1. What is political culture? Why is it important?

A political culture is the set of beliefs, values, shared myths, and notions of a polity held by a group of people. It is important because it affects how those people will behave in the political realm.

2. Define political socialization.

Political socialization is the process by which people acquire the habits and beliefs of a political culture.

3. What factors shape public opinion?

Many factors influence public opinion, including the media, efforts by politicians, major events, and one’s socioeconomic status.