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American Government Chapter 10 vocab

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Public Opinion The idea and attitudes that most people hold about elected officials, candidates, government, and political issues.
Mass Media A mechanism of mass communication, including television, radio, the internet newspaper, magazines, books, recordings, and movies.
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 individual are asked to answer question about a particular issue or person.
Pollster A specialist whose job is to conduct polls regularly.
Public Agenda Issues considered most significant by government officials.
Leak To release government information by anonymous government officials to the media.
Watchdog The role played by a media organization that expose illegal officials to the media.
Prior Restraint The act of stopping information from being known by blocking it from being published.
Public Interest Group An organization that supports causes that affect the lives of American in general.
Nonpartisan Free from party ties or bias.
Lobbyist Representative of an interest group who contacts lawmakers or other government officials directly to influence their policy making.

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