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Liberalism (Left Wing) Conservatism

(Right Wing)
-Stress Individual Rights -Stress the
Common Good
-Large role of Government -Small role of
Government
Racial/Gender Equality Free Enterprise
Entitlement Programs Family
Values
Decreased Military Spending Religion

Factors that influence Political Socialization

1. Family

2. Education College:
No College:

3. Age Young:
Older:

4. Racial/Ethnic Group Minority:


Majority:

5. Gender Male:
Female:
6. Region Urban/City:
Rural/Country:

7. Religion
More likely to be a Liberal or Conservative?
1.Jerome
Jerome lives on Chicago’s south side. He
has a part time job to help pay for
college. He is active in his university’s
Black Student Alliance.
2. Ben

Ben is 74 years old and has 18 grand


children. He is a deacon at his church
and works as a farmer in Iowa

3.Marisol
Marisol is an 18 year old Latin-American
girl. She recently graduated from Mira
Mesa High School in San Diego, CA. She
plans on studying Political Science in
College.
4.Chelsea
Chelsea works for a non-profit
organization in New York City. She
recently wrote a letter to her Senator
asking him to support legislation that
would make it illegal to pay women
lower wages than men.
5. Mary
Mary just started her first job at the age
of 64. She has never held an actual job
because her family is quite wealthy. She
begins work tomorrow at St. Mary’s
Catholic High School where she will be in
charge of fundraising.

Rellgion:
Traditional views: Conservative
Reform views: Liberal

Some topics include:

The sanctity of marriage (e.g. adultery)


Birth control
Divorce
Homosexuality

Breakdown of major religions in USA


http://www.valpo.edu/geomet/geo/courses/geo200/religion.html