• Unit 2: American Political Behavior

    The diverse American public is a major component of the American political system. Politics touches the lives of all Americans – voters, politicians, the young, the old, and everyone in between. Political scientists are extremely interested in studying how the public participates in the American political system. This unit will explore the processes by which citizens learn about politics, political participation and voting behavior, the influence of public opinion, the role of the media, and the variety of factors that predispose citizens to differ from one another in terms of their political perceptions, values, and attitudes.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 12 hours.

    • 2.1: Political Opinion and Political Socialization

      • 2.1.1: Defining and Measuring Public Opinion

      • 2.1.2: Polling and Public Opinion

      • 2.1.3: American Political Culture and Ideology

      • Checkpoint

    • 2.2: The Media

      • Checkpoint

    • 2.3: Political Participation and Voting

      • 2.3.1: Voting Behavior and Voter Turnout

      • 2.3.2: Enfranchisement and Trends in Political Participation over Time

      • Checkpoint

    • Unit 2 Assessment