Political Culture and Public Opinion

Study Questions

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.