public opinion

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public opinion,

n the pooled judgment or attitude of the public in regard to a specific issue. Public opinion is generally determined by polling a sample of the population, using statistical tools. Elections are formal public opinion polls by which registered voter citizens register their choice of candidates and referenda.
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WE ASKED: What's your opinion of the public sector strikes over pensions?
It's leadership has been amongst the public whenever the people faced any test and they represented the opinion of the public with force on all issues - from Kerry Lugar Bill to Pak-India talks, budget-making process, price hike or fake degrees issue, and campaign against extremism and terrorism.
Thousands of people across Wales are signing my petition against the building, so the opinion of the public suggests it was a mistake to start building it in the first place.

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