Books: Polls Apart

PUBLIC OPINION—William Albig—McGraw-Hill ($4).

When experts write about public opinion, they usually sound like Gertrude Stein. When is public opinion public opinion and when is it private opinion publicly expressed? In Public Opinion, Professor Albig offers a simple definition—opinion, he says, is some expression on a controversial point; public opinion is a result of the interactions of persons in any type of group. A typical, professional volume, piling up to 493 pages, including essays on language, propaganda, newspapers, the Gallup Poll and innumerable quotations to plug holes in the argument, Public Opinion is nevertheless more interesting than most such books.

Professor Albig summarizes...

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