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Conducting Empirical Analysis
Public Opinion in Action

First Edition

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Political Behaviour

April 2011 | 192 pages | CQ Press
Clawson and Oxley's new workbook marries substance with skills, showing students how to conduct web-based data analysis using UC Berkeley's Survey Documentation and Analysis (available online for free) to discover firsthand the interesting questions that can be answered when manipulating public opinion data. Exercises cover a range of data collection techniques, survey research, and statistical analyses, ramping up from multiple-choice and open-ended questions to mini-research projects. An instructor's guide with solutions is available for adopters.
 
Tables and Figures
 
Preface
 
Introduction to Conducting Empirical Analysis
Using SDA Web-based Software

 
Conclusion and Looking Ahead

 
 
Political Socialization
Parental Socialization

 
Adult Socialization

 
For Further Exploration: Life Cycle Effects

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Mass Media
Where Do Citizens Get Their News?

 
Newspaper Readership

 
For Further Exploration: Evaluations of the News Media

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Attitude Stability and Attitude Change
Attitude Change, Partisanship, and Exposure to Newspapers

 
Collective Public Opinion: Attitude Stability or Attitude Change?

 
For Further Exploration: Issue Attitude Stability or Change?

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Political Ideology
Citizen Ideology

 
Sex Differences in Ideology

 
Ideology and Government Spending

 
For Further Exploration: More on Ideology and Issue Positions

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Pluralistic Roots of Public Opinion
Self-Interest

 
Racial Attitudes

 
For Further Exploration: Racial Prejudice Over Time

 
For Further Exploration: Race and Racial Prejudice

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Political Knowledge
Measuring Political Knowledge

 
Political Knowledge and Gender

 
Political Knowledge and Age

 
Political Knowledge and Education

 
For Further Exploration: Examining Political Knowledge

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Support for Civil Liberties
Public Support for Free Expression

 
Contextual Effects on Tolerance

 
For Further Exploration: GSS Tolerance Measures

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Support for Civil Rights
Attitudes toward Interracial Marriage

 
Attitudes toward Gay Marriage

 
For Further Exploration: Ideology and Attitudes toward Gay Marriage

 
For Further Exploration: Examining Attitudes toward Gay Marriage

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Trust in Government and Social Capital
Trust in Government

 
Social Capital

 
For Further Exploration: Measures of Political Trust

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Impact of Public Opinion on Policy
Income Variation in Policy Opinions

 
Appealing to the Public

 
Mini-Research Projects

 
 
Public Opinion and the 2008 Election
Race, Gender, and Candidate Evaluation

 
Racial Resentment and the Vote

 
For Further Exploration: The Iraq War and the Vote

 
Mini-Research Project

 
 
Reference Appendix
The SDA Archive

 
The SDA Main Page

 
Statistical Analysis Techniques and SDA Features

 

The exercises are well structured, and Clawson and Oxley provide
very clear instructions on how to complete them. The questions included
in the exercises seek to balance interpretation and critical
thinking–helping students get at what the numbers tell us about the
relationship between two variables and why that relationship exists. I
like the hands-on approach, and I think the exercises address topics
that students will find interesting and engaging

Erin Cassese
West Virginia University

I think this book can help students experience the joy of
discovery firsthand. Rather than talking about how data can be used to
shed new insights on public opinion or refute hoary truths, Clawson and
Oxley show them how to find out such things on their own. Hearing a
professor say it or show it with slides is one thing, but doing it on
your own and waiting for the data to pop up online is a lot more fun,
informative, and powerful

Paul Goren
University of Minnesota

I found the text both straightforward and engaging, an often
difficult balance to strike for a text teaching basic research methods.
The explanations in the workbook are very clear-it walks students
through each step and reinforces content with multiple examples. I was
also quite impressed with the balance between skill development and
substance. The explanations of how to perform analyses and the
exercises are well grounded in both the substance of politics and
well-established research areas in political science


Laurie Rice
Southern Illinois University

This practice book accompanying a handbook by Clawson & Oxley is potentially useful for courses of at least one semester long, in my view. As much as I tried to make it part of my course for undergraduates, I found that many exercises in the book required good knowledge of the US political context and/or good command of English, which would be a bit of an extra for international students having their introductory course on public opinion. However, one can never know; I might consider it again next year.

Dr Anna Shirokanova
Faculty of Sociology, State Univ -Higher School of Economics
March 2, 2016

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