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Topic: Role of public opinion in American politics 

Civics

 Standard 19.  Understands what is meant by "the public agenda," how it is set, and how it is influenced by public opinion and the media
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 3.Understands the concept of public opinion, and knows alternative views of the proper role of public opinion in a democracy
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the concept of public opinion
     2.Knows alternative views of the proper role of public opinion in a democracy
   Benchmark 4.Understands how public opinion is measured, used in public debate, and how it can be influenced by the government and the media
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how public opinion is measured
     2.Understands how public opinion is used in public debate
     3.Understands how public opinion can be influenced by the government
     4.Understands how public opinion can be influenced by the media
   Benchmark 5.Understands the influence that public opinion has on public policy and the behavior of public officials
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the influence of public opinion has on public policy
     2.Understands the influence public opinion has on the behavior of public officials