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Improving Public Opinion SurveysInterdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies$
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John H. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151458

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151458.001.0001

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Measuring Ambivalence about Government

Measuring Ambivalence about Government

(p.238) Chapter 14 Measuring Ambivalence about Government
Improving Public Opinion Surveys

Michael D. Martinez

Jason Gainous

Stephen C. Craig

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines ambivalence about government. The 2006 Pilot Study had included a subjective, self-report measure as well as questions designed to tap into the specific considerations that can be used to create objective, or “operative,” measures of ambivalence. While the subjective (or meta-attitudinal) ambivalence measure generally performed better than the operative measures on many of the construct-validity tests, it also was most susceptible to order effects. This chapter focuses on individuals in comparing the construct validity of objective and subjective measures of ambivalence toward government that were included in the 2006 ANES Pilot Study. It concludes that subjective and operative measures of ambivalence tap into different constdisructs.

Keywords:   government, ambivalence measures, subjective ambivalence, objective ambivalence, construct validity

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