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chapter 11

key terms

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 newspaper magazines recordings movie and books
interest group 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 group an organization that supports causes that affect the lives of Americans in genereal
nonpartisan free from party ties or bias
political action committee political organizations established by a corporation labor union or other special interest group designed to support candidates by contributing money
lobbylist representative of an interest group who contacts lawmarks or other or other government officials directly to influence their policy making
Created by: Tylertoro5