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Because the task of a political leader is to do what he believes is better for his country. Sometimes the public opinion is in favor; sometimes the public opinion needs a little bit more time to understand things.
Jose Maria Aznar

Meaning of "public opinion" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PUBLIC OPINION

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PUBLIC OPINION

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Public opinion is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PUBLIC OPINION MEAN IN ENGLISH?

public opinion

Public opinion

Public opinion is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs. Public opinion can also be defined as the complex collection of opinions of many different people and the sum of all their views, or as a single opinion held by an individual about a social or political topic. The meaning of public opinion has changed dramatically over time. Political scientist Susan Herbst writes that "Formalized tabulation of political opinions began in the city-states of ancient Greece, where elections were viewed as central components of the democratic process. Yet it was not until the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that quantification became a significant element of political discourse in the West."...

Definition of public opinion in the English dictionary

The definition of public opinion in the dictionary is the attitude of the public, esp as a factor in determining the actions of government.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PUBLIC OPINION

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public purse
Public Record Office
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WORDS THAT END LIKE PUBLIC OPINION

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Synonyms and antonyms of public opinion in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «public opinion» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PUBLIC OPINION

Find out the translation of public opinion to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of public opinion from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «public opinion» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

民意
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

opinión pública
570 millions of speakers

English

public opinion
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जनता की राय
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الرَّأي العَام
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

общественное мнение
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

opinião pública
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

জন মতামত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

opinion publique
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pendapat umum
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

öffentliche Meinung
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

世論
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

여론
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pendapat umum
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

công luận
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பொது கருத்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

जनमत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kamuoyu
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

opinione pubblica
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

opinia publiczna
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

громадська думка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

opinie publică
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κοινή γνώμη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

openbare mening
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

allmän opinion
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

folkeopinion
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of public opinion

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PUBLIC OPINION»

The term «public opinion» is quite widely used and occupies the 28.391 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PUBLIC OPINION» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about public opinion

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10 QUOTES WITH «PUBLIC OPINION»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word public opinion.
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Spiro T. Agnew
The American people should be made aware of the trend toward monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power over public opinion in fewer and fewer hands.
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William R. Alger
Public opinion is a second conscience.
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Samuel Alito
I think that the legitimacy of the court would be undermined in any case if the court made a decision based on its perception of public opinion.
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Alfred Austin
Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.
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Jose Maria Aznar
Because the task of a political leader is to do what he believes is better for his country. Sometimes the public opinion is in favor; sometimes the public opinion needs a little bit more time to understand things.
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Bruce Babbitt
I think the people will- who advocate having a step back and read those public opinion polls on the front page of the newspapers all over this country saying public supports restoration in restoration of the Everglades, protection of the parks and the creation of monuments.
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Walter Bagehot
Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.
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Warren Beatty
I believe if a private citizen is able to affect public opinion in a constructive way he doesn't have to be an elected public servant to perform a public service.
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Walter Benjamin
It is precisely the purpose of the public opinion generated by the press to make the public incapable of judging, to insinuate into it the attitude of someone irresponsible, uninformed.
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Hans Blix
If public opinion still endorses military action that's one thing, but if they wait maybe it will not. So it's not only impatience, but there are several other factors.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PUBLIC OPINION»

Discover the use of public opinion in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to public opinion and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Public Opinion
These are questions that are more important today with the emergence of new technologies like the internet, and older technologies, like television, which are being politically dominated by an opportunistic media.
Walter Lippmann, 2007
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Public Opinion
These are questions that are more important today with the emergence of new technologies like the internet, and older technologies, like television, which are being politically dominated by an opportunistic media.
Walter Lippmann, 2007
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Reading Public Opinion: How Political Actors View the ...
Reading Public Opinion offers one provocative approach for understanding how public opinion fits into the empirical world of politics.
Susan Herbst, 1998
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The Illusion of Public Opinion: Fact and Artifact in ...
In a rigorous critique of public opinion polling in the U.S., George F. Bishop makes the case that a lot of what passes as "public opinion" in mass media today is an illusion, an artifact of measurement created by vague or misleading survey ...
George F. Bishop, 2005
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Public Opinion and the Communication of Consent
With contributions written from social-scientific, historical, critical and cultural traditions, the book illuminates the importance and richness of treating "public opinion" as a multifaceted concept.Written by leading thinkers in the ...
Theodore Lewis Glasser, Charles T. Salmon, 1995
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Penal Populism and Public Opinion : Lessons from Five ...
Although criminal justice systems vary greatly around the world, one theme has emerged in all western jurisdictions in recent years: a rise in both the rhetoric and practice of severe punishment at a time when public opinion has played a ...
Julian V. Roberts Professor of Criminology University of Ottawa, Chicago Loretta J. Stalans Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Loyola University, David Indermaur Senior Research Fellow at the Crime Research Center University of Western Australia, 2002
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Constructing Public Opinion: How Political Elites Do What ...
Here Lewis presents a new look at an old tradition, the first study of opinion polls using an interdisciplinary approach combining cultural studies, sociology, political science, and mass communication.
Justin Lewis, 2013
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Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy
More than just a compilation of available data, however, these essays join the "popular constitutionalism" debate between those who advocate a dominant role for courts in constitutional adjudication and those who prefer a more pluralized ...
Nathaniel Persily Professor of Law and Political Science Columbia University, Berkeley Jack Citrin Professor of Political Science University of California, Patrick J. Egan Assistant Professor of Politics New York University, 2008
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Projections of Power: Framing News, Public Opinion, and U.S. ...
To answer these questions, Robert M. Entman develops a powerful new model of how media framing works—a model that allows him to explain why the media cheered American victories over small-time dictators in Grenada and Panama but barely ...
Robert M. Entman, 2009
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Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy, Revised Edition
"Impressively comprehensive and current: an excellent revision of a book by the #1 authority on the topic. This new edition will remain at the forefront for consultation and textbook adoption on the topic for years to come.
Ole Rudolf Holsti, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PUBLIC OPINION»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term public opinion is used in the context of the following news items.
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The PUC and public opinion
The state Public Utilities Commission holds what it officially describes as “a public input session” tonight at the state Capitol in Pierre regarding whether to certify ... «Rapid City Journal, Jul 15»
2
How The 'Modern Family Effect' Is Changing Public Opinion About …
But another institution has also played a significant role in changing American public opinion about this issue: Hollywood. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talks with ... «Here And Now, Jul 15»
3
Public Release: 18-Dec-2014 Public opinion in Russia: Russians …
Chicago, December 17, 2014--A poll of the Russian public, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, was released today. «EurekAlert, Dec 14»
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The public is wrong on climate, as it was on slavery, women's rights
The latest public opinion study out of Yale's Project on Climate Change Communication has all the usual hints of optimism we've seen in the Project's many ... «Grist, Nov 14»
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When It Comes to Ebola, Ignore American Public Opinion
The reason why public opinion on Ebola diverges sharply from what experts recommend, not just on a travel ban but on everyday behaviors to avoid the virus, ... «Slate Magazine, Oct 14»
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RELEASE: Bipartisan Poll Finds Western Voters Oppose Transfer of …
Washington, D.C. — According to new public opinion research released today, a majority of voters in eight Western states oppose the idea that the management ... «Center For American Progress, Sep 14»
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What Americans Want from Immigration Reform in 2014
In early 2013, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and Brookings released ... how news sources impact public opinion, and how American demographics ... «Brookings Institution, Jun 14»
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Twitter Allows For Rapid Public Opinion Formation But Not Evolution …
"Once public opinion stabilizes, it's difficult to change," lead author and Beijing Jiangtong University researcher Fei Xiong said in a statement Tuesday. «International Business Times, Mar 14»
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Public Opinion, Values and Demographic Trends Align in Support of …
A recently released report by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution offers the latest evidence of broad public receptivity to ... «Huffington Post, Mar 13»
10
Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion
The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys. This is the conclusion ... «Pew Research Center, Mar 13»

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