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9th grade civics

Chapter 8 vocab civics

public affairs Those events and issues that concern the people at large
public opinion The complex collection of the opinions of many different people
mass media Those means of communication that reach large audiences
peer group people with whom one regularly associates, including friends, classmates , neighbors and co-workers
opinion leader Any person who, for any reason has an unusually strong influence on views of others
mandate The instructions or commands a constituency gives to its elected officials
interest group Private organizations whose members share certain views and work to shape public policy
straw vote Polls that seek to read the public's mind simply by asking the same question of a large number of people
sample A representative slice of the public
random sample A certain number of randomly selected people who live on a certain number of randomly selected places
quota sample A sample deliberately constructed to reflect several of the major characteristics of a given population
medium A means of communication; some thing which transmits information
public agenda The public issues on which the people's attention is focused
sound bite Short, sharply focused reports that can be aired on 30 or 45 seconds
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