Chapter 11

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Term Definition
Public Opinion The ideas and attitudes that most people hold about elected officials, candidates, government, and political issues
Mass Media It's print and Electronic Media
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 Books, magazines, pamphlets
Electronic Media Radio, television, internet
Public Agenda The course of action the government takes in response to an issue or problem
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 a political party.
Political Action Commitee(PAC) 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

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