Collective Preferences in Democratic Politics: Opinion by Scott L. Althaus

By Scott L. Althaus

For the reason that so few humans seem familiar with public affairs, one may well query no matter if collective coverage personal tastes published in opinion surveys safely show the distribution of voices and pursuits in a society. Scott Althaus' finished research of the connection among wisdom, illustration, and political equality (in opinion surveys) results in astonishing solutions. wisdom does topic, and how it truly is disbursed in society may cause collective personal tastes to mirror reviews disproportionately. for that reason, the examine may help survey researchers, newshounds, politicians, and anxious electorate greater savor the issues and potentials of using opinion polls to symbolize the people's voice.

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Converse (1990) describes this process using the metaphor of signal and noise: when aggregated, the more or less random responses from ill-informed respondents (the “noise”) should tend to cancel each other out, leaving the nonrandom views of informed respondents (the “signal”) reflected in the means of collective opinion distributions. ” They argue that respondents’ opinions have both random and nonrandom components, and when aggregated, the underlying central tendencies of these opinions become reflected in the aggregate parameters – means, marginal percentages, and majority and plurality choices – of collective opinions.

The important point is that measurement-error models define these errors as perfectly random and independent from the errors of other respondents. When errors are defined in this way, the process of aggregating opinions together should cause an error in one direction to offset an error in the other. Because perfectly random errors are thought to cancel out when aggregated, the unobserved true attitudes can be measured as the central tendencies of collective opinions (Lord and Novick 1968) and should also be reflected in other aggregate parameters of collective preferences (Erikson, MacKuen, and Stimson 2002; MacKuen, Erikson, and Stimson 1992; Page and Shapiro 1992; Russett 1990; Stimson 1990, 1991).

Thus the direction of any population’s average knowledge level (high or low) is relative to whatever scale of political knowledge happens to be used. This is not to say that all scales are equally valid: the public could achieve uniformly high or abysmally low scores on scales that have poor discriminating power. It is nevertheless important to recognize that this definition of information effects refers to an absolute standard of political knowledge that remains unspecified. The second point to mention about this standard is that the opinions of knowledgeable people are sometimes more susceptible to media effects such as priming than are the opinions of people who are relatively less informed about politics (Krosnick and Brannon 1993).

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