What does public opinion mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. public opinion, popular opinion, opinion, vox populi(noun)

    a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people

    "he asked for a poll of public opinion"


  1. public opinion(Noun)

    The opinion of the public, the popular view.

  2. Origin: public + opinion


  1. 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."

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. public opinion

    The judgment of the incapable many opposed to that of the discerning few.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Public Opinion

    The attitude of a significant portion of a population toward any given proposition, based upon a measurable amount of factual evidence, and involving some degree of reflection, analysis, and reasoning.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of public opinion in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of public opinion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chinese Proverb:

    A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.

  2. MacKenzie King:

    Government, is the last analysis, is organized opinion. Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government.

  3. James Fenimore Cooper:

    It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.

  4. Barry Friedman:

    Over a period of time, the court doesn't stand in the way of an organized public, the issues that the people are paying attention to, the court will come in line with public opinion.

  5. Dean Crutchfield:

    You're not entitled to your own facts. The public is, facts are stubborn things. The public and the media own their own facts. (Subway) is taking a position that reflects what the court of public opinion is likely to want to see.

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