public opinion

noun

Definition of public opinion

1 : the predominant attitude of a community : the collective will of the people a fluctuation in public opinion may redirect national policy
2 : a summation of public expression regarding a specific issue or event public opinion on balancing the budget falls into two main categories

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“Public opinion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20opinion. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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