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  1. INTEREST GROUPS

  2. PUBLIC OPINION POLLS • Rarely Unbiased… • Here’s Why • RANDOM SAMPLING • Could: 100 people randomly could produce 99 men and 1 woman.

  3. INTEREST AND PRESSURE GROUPS • NRA (National Rifle Association) • AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) • NWF (National Wildlife Federation) • NEA (National Educational Association) • CWA (Clean Water Action) • OIL AND GASBIG TOBACCO

  4. PURPOSES: WATCHDOGS • Bridge the gap between citizens and government (They speak for us) • Help Raise Public Awareness • Give specialized and detailed information that we can find or get • Serve as a check on public officials

  5. TYPES OF GROUPS • AGRICULTURAL • CONSUMER • ELDERY • ENVIRONMENTAL • PROFESSIONAL • WOMEN’S • RELIGIOUS • ETHNIC

  6. DIRECT IMPACT • Lobbying • Providing Election Support • PAC (Political Action Groups) contributions • Ratings System

  7. INDIRECT IMPACT • Shaping Public Opinion • Mobilizing Constituents • The Court System