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public opinion

the collective opinion of many people on some issue, problem, etc., especially as a guide to action, decision, or the like.
Origin of public opinion
1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ask each group to create a survey to gauge public opinion about wolves.
  • public opinion has been overwhelmingly against the pipelines and oil tankers.
  • As the world becomes ever-more-saturated in social media, the court of public opinion grows only more sensitive.
  • Unable to get the current government to reverse the decision, it has appealed to public opinion.
  • It describes how street songs mobilized public opinion in a largely illiterate society.
  • It's a bad time for peer-review science and the effect of public opinion will ripple through the other disciplines.
  • First, there is a critically important role for social-scientific research on the impact of news media on public opinion.
  • If a select group of powerful corporations control the flow of information, they essentially shape public opinion.
  • Yet even this was so significant of current thought, and helped so greatly to form public opinion, that it must not be forgotten.
  • There is a long beating of tom-toms by the press and all other agencies for influencing public opinion.
British Dictionary definitions for public opinion

public opinion

the attitude of the public, esp as a factor in determining the actions of government
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