Quotes on public opinion

As a quick follow-up to my last post, here are some quotes about public opinion that I’ve listed at the top of my syllabus for this fall’s “Public Opinion and Voting Behavior” course:

“There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.”  – Sabastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort

“Public opinion: an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force.” – Oscar Wilde

“Too often we … enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

“Public opinion in this country is everything.” – Abraham Lincoln

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