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date: 21 February 2020

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This chapter studies the attitude structure or organization within American public opinion, paying special attention to the three general questions from the research literature. It first explains how attitude structure can be differentiated and measured, and then looks at the contribution of ideology and partisanship in individual attitude structures. Finally, the chapter tries to determine whether there are any alternative mechanisms that serve to organize citizens' feelings on the different elements of the political world.

Keywords: attitude structure, American public opinion, research literature, ideology, partisanship, alternative mechanisms

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