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"
The opinion of the public, the popular view.
Origin: 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
The judgment of the incapable many opposed to that of the discerning few.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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.
The numerical value of public opinion in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of public opinion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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