Glossary of Public Opinion
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- aggregate opinion
- Opinion shared by a group of people
- The counting, every ten years, of the population of the United States, conducted by the Bureau of the Census
- cognitive disonance
- A psychological condition where an individual is presented with conflicting or inconsistent beliefs, an in order to resolve this conflict, must either ignore the inconsistincies, develop irrational explanations for them, or reject some beliefs.
- congressional reappointment
- The reallocation of legislative seats, based on population
- General agreement on an issue
- The characteristics of human populations and population segments
- The changing of public opinion as time passes
- The strength with which one feels for or against a public policy or issue. Often very important in generating public actions, and intensely held minority views often defeat less intensely held views held by majorities.
- The degree to which an opinion is held but not expressed
- latent public opinion
- Political opinions that citizens hold but don't express or act on. They have the potential to become widely expressed and acted on within the political arena.
- opinion poll
- Questioning a selected sample of people that are considered representative of a population on a given topic or topics.
- policy agenda
- Issues arising from the aggregate public opinion that politicians have decided to pay attention to and respond to. Items on the policy agenda have a good chance of becoming law.
- political agenda
- A list of issues on which a variety of political agents, such as interest groups, political parties, social movements, and elected officials, want to see the government take action.
- Places where votes are cast and registered.
- public opinion
- The collected attitudes and beliefs of some groups of individuals.
- random sample
- A sampling method in which each member of the population being surveyed has an equal chance of being selected for the sample.
- The degree of importance that an issue is considered to have at a particular time. Issues become relevant when the public believes they're a direct or important concern.
- sampling error
- The estimated difference between the results of a poll using a sample of the population and the true results that would have been found if the entire population had been polled.
- A standardized notion held in common about members of a group. Typically represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgement.
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