Class Differences in Social and Political Attitudes in the United States

Leslie McCall*, Jeff Manza

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This chapter takes a look at class differences in political and social attitudes in the United States. The first section briefly describes some of the modern and classical controversies with regards to class differences in public opinion. Next, the chapter considers some of the definitional issues that have hindered work in this area, and offers some descriptive examples of variation in political and social attitudes across the different specifications of class. It ends with a summary of the current status of research, and possible directions that it may take in future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191728389
ISBN (Print)9780199545636
StatePublished - May 19 2011


  • Class differences
  • Controversies
  • Definitional issues
  • Political attitudes
  • Social attitudes
  • Specifications of class
  • Variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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