The poll with a human face: the National Issues Convention by Maxwell Mccombs, Amy Reynolds

By Maxwell Mccombs, Amy Reynolds

In 1996, the nationwide concerns conference (NIC) assembled a countrywide pattern of 459 americans at the campus of the college of Texas at Austin. This various staff of usa citizens was once noticeable and heard nationally. They spent 3 days in small team discussions of significant public matters and took part in dwell PBS telecasts moderated via Jim Lehrer the place they puzzled vice chairman Al Gore and 4 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. This scan in democracy used to be an leading edge step that engaged the continuing debate approximately mass conversation and democracy. The ballot With a Human Face information this cutting edge occasion, the arguments and good judgment at the back of it, the reviews of the delegates and reporters concerned about the NIC, and social technology learn examining the scoop assurance and its results. This ebook is either a selected case learn of the NIC and a large scale contribution to the self-discipline of political conversation.

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S. 39*Rep. /Cons. 46***Dem. /Cons. 44***Note. The means for participants and nonparticipants are based on the initial interview. All vari- ables are scored so that higher numbers indicate greater agreement, extent, or quantity. 001 level (two-tailed test). 190* Note. 01 level. shows, there were also no statistically significant differences on such items as recalled 1992 presidential vote, race, religious preference, principal news source, or job type. Granted, these tables do show a great many statistically significant differences on sociodemographic and other background items, notably including those having to do with political involvement.

95Note. These are the participants' mean scores before and after the NIC. All variables are scored so that higher numbers indicate greater agreement. 05 level. 01 level. example, about welfare recipients, only to find themselves sitting next to a welfare recipient" (Biewen, 1996). Yet the prescription was not simply for further federal assistance. 19 on a three-point scale, with the percentages thinking these policies useful increasing from 36% to 57% and from 70% to 85%. Hence the results defied any simple ideological classification.

3), with the percentage who thought we spend too much declining from 59% to 48%, and the percentage thinking our current expenditures "about right" increasing from 26% to 41%. S. S. foreign policy and decreased support for giving foreign aid for economic development rather than military support. On the economy, 12 of 22 items changed significantly, as did three of the six relevant empirical premises. 29 on a four-point scale. The percentage of participants agreeing rose from 59% to 75%. This fit with the observation of journalists covering the small group discussions, who noted a great deal of anxiety about job security and wages, anticipating the later presidential campaign (Tackett, 1996).

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