Definitions for "Public Opinion"
Public opinion is an aggregate of the individual views, attitudes, and beliefs about a particular topic expressed by a significant proportion of a community (14). During the 2000 elections, it was not clear whether the Presidential candidate was elected as a result of public opinion or due to some discrepency in the system.
a generally held attitude toward a particular issue in a community, as in public opinion favored a reform of the health care system. Public opinion, which can be evaluated through public opinion polls, acts as a check on what it is possible for a government to do. For example, public opinion is strongly opposed to the sending of American ground troops to Bosnia, which is one reason such an option has not been seriously considered. The problem with public opinion is that on some issues it can be easily manipulated by the mass media.
The range of views on policy issues held by the citizens of a state.