Most Poll samples are based on random digit dialing of telephone numbers

Most Poll samples are based on random digit dialing of telephone numbers.  This does produce a random sample of those with a phone number, but are any Americans left out of the sample?  Do you think American who have no home phone or cell phone are different in any politically meaningful ways from Americans who do have a phone?

Most Poll samples are based on random digit dialing of telephone numbers

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1.     Most Poll samples are based on random digit dialing of telephone numbers.  This does produce a random sample of those with a phone number, but are any Americans left out of the sample?  Do you think American who have no home phone or cell phone are different in any politically meaningful ways from Americans who do have a phone?
2.    What do public opinion polls reveal about the attitudes younger Americans have toward government since 9/11?
3.    An overwhelming majority of Americans express support for the freedoms of political minorities in the abstract.  Yet when asked whether they support freedom of speech of atheists, communists, or neo-Nazis, many say no.  What do you think explains this contradiction?

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4.     Firstly, Which structural, historical and cultural factors account for the endurance of the two-party system?
5.    Secondly, What role has voters’ frustration with Republican and Democratic “politics as usual” played in reshaping the party system in the past decade?  Additionally, Will the “Tea Protests” translate to changes in the party system?
6.    Thirdly, With more and more voters developing their own “personal” relationships with candidates through the Internet and television, how will parties have to change to enlist their support?

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7.   Also, How do you think Americans would react to this type of democratic government?
8.   Further, Would some prefer to select only Republican or Democrat on a ballot without learning anything about the individual candidates running?  Might others reject the movement away from character-based campaigns?

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1.     Besides, How will the Internet increase or diminish the number and type of interest groups, and how might it change their operation?  Which websites on the Internet, or new technological devices, will be most useful in 21st-century lobbying?
2.    Also, What was the intent of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995?
3.    Further, Do you believe that corporations, organizations, and interest groups should have the same First Amendment free speech rights as ordinary citizens?  Should they have an unlimited right to pay for any ads to influence elections during a campaign?
4.    Lastly, What is cyber lobbying, and how will it help or hinder American democracy?

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5.    In what way does the mass media shape the way in which Americans think about and participate in the democratic process?
6.    Do you believe that with cable news stations (like Fox News and MSNBC) and ideological-leaning news (like The Huffington Post and The Drudge Report) we are returning to the age of the partisan press?  What impact does biased news reporting have on the democratic ideal?
7.    In a democracy, how would you characterize the responsibilities of the media during wartime?
8.    What is the significance of the “international proliferation” of the Internet?