A public opinion poll is no substitute for thought.
American public opinion is like an ocean- it cannot be stirred by a
-Hubert H. Humphrey
As the master politician navigates the ship of state, he both creates
and responds to public opinion. Adept at tacking with the wind, he also
succeeds, at times, in generating breezes of his own.
At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition,
misinformation, and prejudice.
I had grown tired of standing in the lean and lonely front line facing
the greatest enemy that ever confronted man- public opinion.
It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for
law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
-James Fenimore Cooper
It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid
starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is
voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public
opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.
Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a
president or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in
effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other
interpretation is nonsense.
Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to
itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other
men's words, to follow other men's habits.
Public opinion is like the castle ghost; no one has ever seen it, but
everyone is scared of it.
Public opinion is the whore among opinions.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Public opinion polls are rather like children in a garden, digging
things up all the time to see how they're growing.
Public opinion rarely considers the needs of the next generation or the
history of the last. It is frequently hampered by myths and
misinformation, by stereotypes and shibboleths, and by an innate
resistance to innovation.
-Theodore (Ted) Sorensen
Public opinion reigns in society because stupidity reigns amongst the
Public opinion's always in advance of the law.
Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately
makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average
-William R. Inge
Publicity is a great purifier because it sets in action the forces of
public opinion, and in this country public opinion controls the courses
of the nation.
-Charles Evans Hughes
The private citizen, beset by partisan appeals for the loan of his
Public Opinion, will soon see, perhaps, that these appeals are not a
compliment to his intelligence, but an imposition on his good nature and
an insult to his sense of evidence.
There is nothing that makes more cowards and feeble men than public
-Henry Ward Beecher
To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of
achieving anything great or rational whether in life or in science.
-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
When the people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes
Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will
probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to
-James Fenimore Cooper
Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you
than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line
or public opinion...