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What is Public Opinion?

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In 2012, a majority of the citizens of Puerto Rico voted for statehood. Based on this information we can infer that in Puerto Rico the _____ is that statehood is the best political status for the island.

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1. People who influence the opinions of others by openly and publicly expressing their ideas are known as _____.

2. Which of the following can influence public opinion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the concept of public opinion. Some of the information you'll be assessed on includes surveys to determine people's thoughts on particular matters and a polling sample that isn't representative of the general population.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular issue
  • News commentators, columnists, bloggers or prominent community members who openly and publicly express their political opinions
  • Surveys commissioned by various groups in order to determine people's thoughts on particular matters
  • Occurrence of a polling sample that isn't representative of the general population
  • Polling section that has the same basic characteristics as the general population

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political science lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a polling section that has the same basic characteristics as the general population
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about surveys

Additional Learning

To learn more about public opinion, review the accompanying lesson titled What is Public Opinion? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the meaning of the term ''public opinion''
  • Tell ways public opinion is determined
  • Know the function and purpose of the Gallup Organization
  • Relate the components of a representative sample and how a sampling error may occur
  • Identify five major influences on public opinion
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