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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, newspaper, magazines, recordings, movies, 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 Newspaper, Magazines, Newsletters, & Books
Electronic Media Radio, Television, & 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 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 Committee 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: Brianlopez464