American political beliefs are shaped by founding ideals, core values, linkage institutions (e.g., elections, political parties, interest groups, and the media in all its forms), and the changing demographics of citizens. These beliefs about government, politics, and the individual's role in the political system influence the creation of public policies.
1. Citizen beliefs about government are shaped by the intersection of demographics, political culture, and dynamic social change.
2. Public opinion is measured through scientific polling, and the results of public opinion polls influence public policies and institutions.
3. Widely held political ideologies shape policy debates and choices in American policies.