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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.

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Pols 21 the american political system
POLS 21 The American Political System

Introductory Remarks


What do these things have in common
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


All of these things are more popular than congress
All of these things are more popular than CONGRESS


At least congress remains more popular than
At least Congress remains more popular than…

North Korea






Word 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"


Presidential Job Approval, 2001-2008 Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:


Presidential Job Approval, 2009-2013 Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

2011

2013

2009

2010

2012


Confidence in American Institutions, 2012 Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

"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.

Source: CNN/USA Today/ Gallup poll, June 7-10, 2012.


Trust in the Federal Government, 1964-2011 Pew Research Center poll in March 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 timedo you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right—just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?"


What message are these political cartoons trying to convey? Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

“Politics is corrupt.”


What message are these political cartoons trying to convey? Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

“Politicians lie.”


What message are these political cartoons trying to convey? Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

“The system is rigged.”


What message are these political cartoons trying to convey? Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

“Money always wins.”


What message are these political cartoons trying to convey? Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

“Why should we care?”


What message are these political cartoons trying to convey? Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

“Our votes don’t matter.”


What message are these political cartoons trying to convey? Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

“Democracy is broken.”


Evaluating Government Pew Research Center poll in March 2010:

  • How 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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