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Society - Public Opinion
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Part of Society:

1. The Social Group

2. Fellowship

3. Common Good

4. Public Opinion

1. The concept, a) The concept of public opinion derives from the socio-political sphere and denotes the process as well as the result of the formation of opinions and attitudes on the part of the general public. It is expressed formally in certain constitutive acts (e.g., by means of elections), informally in special groupings (e.g., pressure groups) and, in the mass media, partly formally and partly informally. The objective ch…

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Werner Post, “Society - Public Opinion”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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