Measuring Political Knowledge: Putting First Things First

  title={Measuring Political Knowledge: Putting First Things First},
  author={Michael X. Delli Carpini and Scott Keeter},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
Research in political behavior has increasingly turned to the cognitions underlying attitudes. The simplest of these cognitions are political facts-the bits of information about politics that citizens hold. While other key concepts in political science-partisanship, trust, tolerance-have widely used (if still controversial) measures that facilitate comparisons across time and among studies, the discipline has no generally accepted measure of the public's level of political information. This… 

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