In general, an opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about matters commonly considered to be subjective.

What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are verifiable, i.e. can be objectively proven to have occurred. An example is: "United States of America was involved in the Vietnam War" versus "United States of America was right to get involved in the Vietnam War". An opinion may be supported by facts, in which case it becomes an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analyzing the supporting arguments. In casual use, the term opinion may be the result of a person's perspective, understanding, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact.

Collective or professional opinions are defined as meeting a higher standard to substantiate the opinion. (see below)

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COLUMN: Simple care tips can keep poinsettias happy all year

Enid News & Eagle 04 Dec 2023
•• The News & Eagle has traditionally published personal opinions of writers and readers through editorials, columns and letters to the editor on its Opinion Page. The opinions shared are those of the writers and not the newspaper. •• Submit your opinion for publication to editor@enidnews.com....

Bill Gouveia: The decline of local newspapers will hurt us all

The Sun Chronicle 04 Dec 2023
They have the money and the support to continue trying to keep public officials honest ... They can’t always afford to file costly legal motions seeking truth denied to the public by local officials. And while the public need for such work remains, the public appetite and level of involvement is diminished....

‘Difficult situation’: Speculation about whether royals will sue over racism claims

The Daily Telegraph Australia 04 Dec 2023
“This is quite a difficult situation for them to decide – should they go with public opinion which has been overwhelming sympathetic or do they need to make a stand on this book?....

FPM says LF backing Aoun extension at request of 'foreign forces'

Naharnet 04 Dec 2023
“The public opinion has realized how much it is subordinate to foreign forces and how much it heeds their requests, be them a U.S ... ....

Letters: Protect drivers with barrier around James Island tree

The Post and Courier 04 Dec 2023
All that is needed is the installation of reinforced bollards in front of the tree ... They must carry the writer’s name and address for publication and a daytime telephone number for verification. Sign up for our opinion newsletter. Get a weekly recap of South Carolina opinion and analysis from The Post and Courier in your inbox on Monday evenings. ....

Religious leaders, victims' relatives hold UK vigil over Israel-Hamas war

Manila Bulletin 04 Dec 2023
... to the majority of the public who stand against hate", organisers said ... Meanwhile, London and other UK cities have seen large-scale protests on recent weekends in support of Palestinians in Gaza, which have polarised public opinion and been blamed for stoking social divisions....

Robert Kiyosaki urges EV shift as Bitcoin surpasses $40000 amid economic fears

Cryptopolitan 04 Dec 2023
Kiyosaki’s comments come amidst his ongoing critique of the current economic policies and their implications ... dollar ... Impact of Kiyosaki’s statements on public discourse ... As a figure with significant influence in personal finance, his opinions often spark discussions and debates within financial circles and the general public ... .......

SF Washington's Macie Malchow and Madison's Audrey Nelson selected for Class AA, A

Aberdeen News 04 Dec 2023
HARRISBURG — Seniors Ava Nilsson of Warner, Macie Malchow of Sioux Falls Washington and Audrey Nelson of Madison received South Dakota Miss Volleyball awards on Sunday from the South Dakota Volleyball Coaches Association ... Follow Watertown Public Opinion sports reporter Roger Merriam on X (formerly known as Twitter) @PO_Sports or email....

Americans Divided on Treatment of Violent Juvenile Offenders

Gallup 04 Dec 2023
The views of Democrats, independents and younger adults have changed more than the opinions of Republicans and older adults ... In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls....

A Washington Special Education School Accused of Abusing Students Is Closing Amid Scrutiny

ProPublica 04 Dec 2023
Northwest School of Innovative Learning, until recently Washington's largest publicly funded private school for children with disabilities, announced plans to close amid a state investigation and a ban on accepting new students ... The school’s enrollment has since plummeted as public school districts across western Washington withdrew students....

Knoxville residents are angry over war in Israel and Gaza. What do they want at home?

Knox News 04 Dec 2023
The city council limits public speakers to six for each resolution, three in opposition and three in favor, though 80 people signed up to speak on the ceasefire resolution ... Still, as opposing groups of Knoxville residents claim the other side is misinformed and undereducated, they have cited the power of UT to shape public opinion....

Ron Faucheux: Why second presidential terms are worse than the first

The Advocate 04 Dec 2023
Why is this? For starters, popular mandates tend to dissipate over time, and public familiarity tends to curdle into boredom or contempt ... Social Security, immense public works, bank deposit ... He publishes LunchtimePolitics.com, a nationwide newsletter on polls and public opinion....

Two Months that Shook the World: The First Phase of the Gaza War

GlobalResearch 04 Dec 2023
My sense is that Hamas propaganda is directed — or, at least in the initial stages — was directed primarily at Palestinian and Arab public opinion, and also at Israeli public opinion ... Then Hamas also began, I think, trying to influence global, and particularly Western public opinion, which is, I think, a quite new arena for them....