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POLS 21 The American Political System

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POLS 21 The American Political System. Introductory Remarks. What do these things have in common?. Root canals NFL replacement refs Head lice Nickelback Colonoscopies Traffic jams Cockroaches Donald Trump France Genghis Khan Used-car salesmen Brussels sprouts. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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POLS 21 The American Political SystemIntroductory RemarksWhat do these things have in common?Root canalsNFL replacement refsHead liceNickelbackColonoscopiesTraffic jamsCockroachesDonald TrumpFranceGenghis KhanUsed-car salesmenBrussels sproutsAll of these things are more popular than CONGRESSAt least Congress remains more popular thanNorth KoreaThe KardashiansSchoolyard bulliesMeth labsGonorrheaWord Cloud constructed from the responses people gave to a Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:One word that best describes your impression of Congress"RECESSIONHealth CareGAS PRICESMortgage crisisCorruptionGlobal warmingTerrorismImmigrationMoral valuesCrimePoverty and homelessnessDRUGSEducationWar in AfghanistanDEFICITSPresidential Job Approval, 2001-2008Satisfaction with the United States, 1979-2008XXXOn Campaign Stump, Candidates Preach the Importance of Optimism A Year Before Voting, a Nation of Discontent Got Hope? Voting for a SmileEconomy Deteriorating; Jobless Numbers Fuel Pessimism Change We Can Believe InThe Staggering Cost of a Long WarPresidential Job Approval, 2009-201320092010201120122013Confidence in American Institutions, 2012Source: CNN/USA Today/ Gallup poll, June 7-10, 2012."I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one--a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?"Confidence in government institutions is comparatively low.Trust in the Federal Government, 1964-2011"People have different ideas about the government in Washington. These ideas don't refer to Democrats or Republicans in particular, but just to government in general. We want to see how you feel about these ideas. How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is rightjust about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?"What message are these political cartoons trying to convey?Politics is corrupt.What message are these political cartoons trying to convey?Politicians lie.What message are these political cartoons trying to convey?The system is rigged.What message are these political cartoons trying to convey?Money always wins.What message are these political cartoons trying to convey?Why should we care?What message are these political cartoons trying to convey?Our votes dont matter.What message are these political cartoons trying to convey?Democracy is broken.Trust in the Federal Government, 1964-2010"People have different ideas about the government in Washington. These ideas don't refer to Democrats or Republicans in particular, but just to government in general. We want to see how you feel about these ideas. How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is rightjust about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?"Trust in government increased after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001but only briefly.Evaluating GovernmentHow well does the American system of government work? What are the most appropriate indicators?What do citizens really want from government? Are those expectations reasonable?***********************

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