ERIC Number: ED206022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
The Measurement of Political Opinion Leadership.
Singleton, George; Andersen, Peter A.
Two studies investigated the reliability and validity of a self-report instrument designed to measure the political opinion construct. The instrument, the Measure of Political Opinion Leadership (MOPOL), was tested against six criteria: (1) overall internal reliability, (2) reliability across varied populations, (3) face validity, (4) discriminant of factorial validity, (5) convergent validity, and (6) predictive or criterion-related validity. In the first study, the 28-item instrument was administered to 245 college students, who also completed a measure of generalized political leadership. In the second study, it was administered to two samples, 475 high school students and 184 college students. The results indicated that political opinion leadership can be reliably and validly measured, even among high school students. The findings also showed that the MOPOL had face, discriminant, convergent, and predictive validity. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Portland, OR, February 16-20, 1980).