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Almond-Lippmann consensus

    Almond-Lippmann consensus states that Public Opinion is:
    1volatile or fickle thus dubious foundation upon which to base foreign policy2lacks structure/coherence so much so that many have described people as possessing non-attitudes3limited in its impact on foreign policy (because of 1 & 2) or at least should be limited in its impact
    These conclusions were made shortly after World War II when public polling became a major tool for Political Scientists Based on their data they decided that on a whole public opinion was not to be relied upon
    Later others would challenge and change this idea of public opinion