Fact-absent Opinion: How Political Opinion is Influenced

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Introduction A 7th grade student walks to school on a Friday morning. Throughout his usual routine, he witnesses a ring of students chanting derogatory phrases of gay or homosexual context while throwing a child around in their circle. To the 7th grade student, this child being tortured has done nothing wrong, and this fact alone constitutes intervention. Much like this child’s thoughts on bullying, political opinions are generated by people who lack understanding of what is occurring, yet can measure the value of discussion inside the circle. In the example of the student, this 7th grade child is formulating his opinion on an issue that does not involve him, but somehow invokes thought. He may have been influenced by his family, and was taught bullying is wrong. He may have been taught by his teachers that “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is the Golden Rule. Or maybe the child is extremely profound in morality and wise beyond his years. These reasons to why he has generated a position is essential to understanding fact-less political opinion. When people opt to sit outside the political battleground and comment on political warfare, the events and influences on their lives provoke thought, and therefore can generate a personal political opinion. Family “My father is an Aggie, therefore I must be an Aggie.” As ridiculous as this proposition may be, it is a reoccurring theme in the development of political opinion. As discussed in lecture by Professor Shaw, there is correlation with personal political view and parental political view (Shaw, 2014). A child’s ideology is often related to a parent’s ideology, an instance that is more prominent with Republican father-figures though not completely excluding the mat... ... middle of paper ... ...t about. Non-factual political opinions are opinions based on how one believes an issue should be seen. It allows for a mix of fact and opinion; what is correct by data and what is correct by morals. If the United States became predominantly Republican, would it be a problem for our 7th grade student to support gay marriage after learning the boy he saved from the bullies was the reason the student’s mother got a heart donor? I would like to see facts argue that. Conclusion Family, personal experience, and religion funnel into political socialization (Shaw, 2014). This is the end result of all the factors that influence an individual’s perspective, and what the individual will have to say about a political issue. When the time to state an opinion rises, political socialization will be where the factors are valued, rated, and fused to form the political opinion.

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