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Unit 5: Citizen and The State- Public Opinion & Political ParticipationCitizen State (linking mechanism)1.Public Opinion 2.Election3.Political Parties4.Interest Groups 1.Public Opinion: The collective opinion of many people on a public issue -Public issue comes from private conflict but gets other individuals involved which become then becomes a public issue -The individuals who got involved go to the state to say their opinion oEx.) The horizon rig that caught on fire was a private issue (BP and subcontractor) but the oil that spilled out went into the beaches which caused the public to get involvedIs there an informed “public opinion”…? Theory vs. Practice-Perfect information-Unbiased information-Critical thinking-Equality of free speech If public opinion is uninformed and there is no equality of free speech, public opinion can’t be perfectly translated into government policy, which opens thedoor for the public to be manipulated by politicians and those with a lot of money 2.Elections: