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Many factors have an influence on a citizen's political belief:

  • Socioeconomic status
    • Upper class tends to be conservative
      • Conservative platforms include lowering taxes for the rich and minimizing social programs
    • Middle and lower class tends to be liberal
      • Liberal platforms include raising taxes for the wealthy, expanding social programs, and distributing the wealth
  • Age
    • Conservatives tend to be older
      • This could be because older citizens generally do not support radical changes
      • Also, in a progressing country, today's liberal beliefs could become conservative
    • Many liberals are younger
  • Race
    • Conservatives tend to be white
    • Liberals tend to be minority groups
      • Liberal platforms tend to be more supporting of issues like affirmative action
      • In the past, these issues have been abolition, civil rights, etc...
  • Gender
    • Males tend to be conservative
      • Conservative platforms tend to include pro-life stances
    • Females tend to be liberal
      • Feminism and women's rights are usually included in liberal platforms
  • Religion
    • Conservatives tend to be more religious
    • Liberals tend to be less religious or not religious

lessonplan.jpgClick here for a lesson plan on public opinion. In this lesson, students will examine public opinion at various point through history and then analyze factors that lead to these beliefs

Sources:
1. Kevin Jordan. Prezi