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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Right-wingers rush online to find common cause and comrades

Irish Independent 07 Mar 2021
... opinion against long-run averages. If disinformation had played such a prominent role in influencing public opinion, then surely public opinion would have changed significantly on these issues ... In research of Irish public opinion, I can confirm it is the exact same here today....

How will the court compose a fair jury for ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin?

The Jamestown Sun 07 Mar 2021
If the jury is perceived by the public to be skewed or not representative, Schultz said the court of public opinion is sure to make its own determination of whether the trial was fair — and jurors may know that going in ... "I don't know in the court of public opinion what ......

A columnist and the truth

The Maryville Daily Times 07 Mar 2021
As a columnist, I try to explain the truth of things, but what I write are merely opinion pieces ... A public square that hosts a marketplace for vigorous debates before a body of knowledgeable citizens who can sort through alternatives and decide on solutions for the common good is how different opinions can contribute to better government....

Letter: Report facts on Middle Street. Push councilors for more than opinions

Portsmouth Herald 07 Mar 2021
Opponents advise listening to experts” rehashes the opinions of elected officials without reporting on the new facts they will be called to base their decisions upon Monday night ... Some of this is new or underreported information, and not just a resident's opinion....

DARKOW: Cancel culture

Columbia Missourian 07 Mar 2021
The Missourian’s Opinion section is a public forum for the discussion of ideas....

Over 300 people try to gauge mood for Cong in TN, Kerala

Hindustan Times 07 Mar 2021
The public survey is being conducted by independent “foot-soldiers” who are not party workers. They go door to door and meet people at various places; the internal opinion poll is logged through mobile phones ... candidates for the polls, widening the scope of public consultation....

YouTubers bash royal experts for thrashing Meghan Markle, Harry before Oprah interview

The News International 07 Mar 2021
After they wrapped up the interview though, Pieters gave his thoughts about the experiment and added, "I suppose what we were putting to the test was, given that they influence public opinion, and particularly at a time where public opinion is so divided on this issue, whether they had any insights worth listening to.” ... ....

Abuses heaped on Ohio ratepayers have a long and unshakable history: Thomas Suddes

Cleveland 07 Mar 2021
“[This] court has consistently applied Keco and refused to grant refunds in appeals from [Public Utilities Commission of Ohio] orders.” ... In 1952, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio OK’d a Cincinnati & Suburban Bell increase in telephone rates ... In a unanimous 1957 ruling, in an opinion by Justice John M....

Hate is pervasive, but love can conquer all

Enid News & Eagle 07 Mar 2021
•• 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....

Dolce&Gabbana seeks over $600M damages from 2 U.S. bloggers

Pittsburgh Tribune Review 07 Mar 2021
The suit was filed in Milan civil court in 2019 but only became public this week when the bloggers posted about it on their Instagram account, Diet Prada ... Schuyler called on “public figures and brands to respond to public opinion and media critiques with progressive action, not lawsuits.”....

Cornered tiger or lame duck?

Dawn 07 Mar 2021
The opinion made public two days before the Senate elections seemed to set the stage for the dramatic developments of the following six days starting with the PDM dark horse Yousuf Raza Gilani edging past the prime minister’s pick, Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh....

How Cuomo Lost His Grip on New York

Political Wire 07 Mar 2021
... of his bullying behavior all converging, very publicly, at once ... Now he is at the whims of often-fickle public opinion, fuming legislators and investigations....

OTHER VIEWS: North Dakota Legislature made a historic statement by expelling Luke Simons

The Daily Republic 07 Mar 2021
GRAND FORKS — Luke Simons has been expelled from the North Dakota Legislature, the result of a historic vote that captured the state’s attention and put a focus on harassment and inappropriate behavior ... Rep ... RELATED ... This other view is the opinion of the editorial board of our sister publication, the Grand Forks Herald. Related Topics. OPINION ... .......