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People and their Government

  • Citizens of the United States are allowed to vocalize their thoughts and beliefs regarding their government and leaders.
  • These thoughts and beliefs are displayed with protests, writing letters, polls, and other means.
  • Most younger people are less informed regarding politics
  • Overall trust and faith in the government has declined since the Vietnam War and Watergate.
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Sign Directing Voters to the Polls, photo by Tom Arthur

Learning About Government

  • The process of a person becoming part of a political ideology is called political socialization
  • People learn about the government from their parents, schools, and media

How Do People Voice Their Thoughts on the Government?

  • People voice their opinions on government in many ways
  • Voting
  • Editorials
  • Polls
  • Writing letters to government officials
  • Protests
  • Petitions
  • Cartoons
  • Campaigning

Multimedia.pngClick here for a "People on the Street" segment asking people about the purpose of government and leaders.



Sources:
AP Gov Wiki. http://ap-government.wikispaces.com/Unit+2+Political+Beliefs+and+Behaviors