posted by jere .
the term "public opinion" is misleading because
a. opinions have no place in politics or government
b. americans belong to many different publics, each with a distinctive viewpoint
c. most americans consider political opinions to be a private matter
d. no two peopl in the public really agree on any issue.
I hear opinions in public all the time and do not think many people keep them private. However people do have a tendency to discuss their opinions primarily with the group that happens to share their opinions.