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chapter 11

public opinion the ideas and attitudes that most people hold about elected officials,candidates,government and political issues.
mass media mechanisms of mass communication,including television,radio,newspapers,magazines, recordings,movies,and books.
interest groups a group of people who share a point of view about an issue and unite to promote their beliefs
public opinion poll a survey in which individuals are asked to answer questions about a particular issue or person
pollster a specialist whose job is to conduct polls regularly.
print media newspapers,magazines,newsletters,and books.
electronic media radio,television,and the internet
public agenda issues considered most significant by government officials.
leak the release of secret government information by anonymous government officials to the media
prior restraint government censorship of material before it is published.
libel written untruths that are harmful to someones reputation.
malice evil intent
public interest groups an organization that supports the causes that affect lives of Americans in general.
nonpartisan free from party ties or bias
political action committees (PACs) political organization established by a corporation,labor union,or other special-interest group designed to support candidates by contributing money.
lobbyist representative of an interest group who contacts lawmakers or other government officials directly to influence their policy making
Created by: ashlyndowler