Why Politics and Government Matter
Those who participate in the political process are more likely to benefit from government programs and policies
Americans are apathic about politics and government
Feeling of being insignificant and indifferent
Caused some resurgence of political interest, yet far below levels in the 1960s
Senior citizens more likely to be well informed about politics than the youth
Political Knowledge
Fosters civic virtues (such as political tolerance), helps citizens to identify what policies would truly benefit them (voting behavior), promotes active participation in politics
Public news affairs not readily visible; few shared national experiences
Yet also offers more political information
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