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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AS A daily reader of your newspaper, I have noted the many examples of articles that show that the opinion of the public is (largely) being ignored by our Welsh Assembly Government.
To offset this, why not seek the opinion of the public (it's called democracy) by trying a two or three-day exhibition, as happened over the Fourth Grace, only this time take notice of the public's opinions.
This is nothing more than a continuing political campaign to try to sway the opinion of the public against the CEO and the board and our decisions,'' Supervisor Judy Mikels said of the letters.

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