Public opinion in a democracy a study in American politics by Smith, Charles W.

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  • Public opinion -- United States.,
  • United States -- Politics and government.

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Bibliography: 567-585.

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Statementby Charles W. Smith, jr.
SeriesPolitical science series; S. C. Wallace, PH.D., editor
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LC ClassificationsHM261 .S6
The Physical Object
Pagination598 p.
Number of Pages598
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Open LibraryOL14648589M
LC Control Number39005841

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