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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, videos, 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 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, tv, internet, cell phones, etc.
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 harmful to someone's reputation.
Malice Evil intent.
Public Interest Group An organization that supports causes that affect the lives of Americans in general
Nonpartisan Free from party ties or bias.
Political Action Committiee Organization that supports candidates by contributing money.
Lobbyist Representative of an interest group that contacts lawmakers or other government officials directly influence their policy making.
Created by: jordanreuther



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