The purpose of this essay is to examine the bases of ideological perspectives

The purpose of this essay is to examine the bases of ideological perspectives. This assignment has three parts but the essence of the assignment is part 2*, this is where the bulk of the points will be scored.

  1. Your ideology
    1. Take the PEW typology quiz http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
    2. How were you categorized?
    3. Are you at all surprised by your results?
  2. *Examine the bases of your ideological perspective in terms of:
    1. Chapter 6, “Public Opinion” of your Open to Debate e-text
    2. Jonathan Haidt and George Lakoff who look at differences in ideology as manifestations of deep-seated moral values. I will be expecting references to Haidt and Lakoff in your essay and you should find the following resources to be of help.
      1. Haidt, “What Makes People Vote Republican” Ch. 6 Reader
      2. Jonathan Haidt TED Talk: https://embed.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_can_a_divided_america_heal(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
      3. Lakoff, “Don’t Underestimate Trump” Ch. 5 Reader
    3. Please relate your understanding of ideology, above, to a contemporary political topic or topics. If you are having difficulty coming up with a topic, consider some of the recent developments shaping public opinion such as: fake news, alternative facts, white lies, the polarization of cable news, the role of social media such as Facebook, etc.
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According to the ideology test analysis, I would qualify as an opportunity democrat. The classification primarily stems from my position as a Democratic Party voter, and position on the role of the government in addressing social issues in the society. Essentially, I believe that most people in the United States have an opportunity…
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