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contrary to popular opinion

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. Contrary to popular opinion, higher taxes end up benefiting people more than lower ones.

contrary to popular belief/opinion

something that you say before you make a statement that is the opposite of what most people believe Contrary to popular belief, bottled water is not always better than tap water.
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Los protagonistas de la investigacion componen un perfil no muy diferente de lo que se observa en diversas comunidades populares de otras metropolis brasilenas (18).
Na analise que faz da proposta de Chico Science, ele afirma que a fusao do rock e do pop com os ritmos populares nordestinos, ao inves de enriquecer, prejudicaria a cultura popular.
Envoltas em um processo de exclusao, falta de oportunidades e altas taxas de desemprego, desenvolvem-se as Incubadoras Tecnologicas de Cooperativas Populares, inseridas em instituicoes de ensino superior, publicas e privadas.
Diferente da linha editorial essencialmente sensacionalista, que era a "marca registrada" dessas publicacoes ha cerca de vinte anos, os jornais populares sofreram um gradativo reposicionamento e, atualmente, tratam prioritariamente de temas relacionados ao cotidiano de seu publico (saude, mercado de trabalho, transporte e educacao), reservando parte de seu conteudo tambem ao entretenimento, com destaque para noticias relacionadas a esportes e celebridades.
O termo se firmou no Brasil, ao longo da década de 1980, como um conceito alternativo ao termo menor, dentro da ampla e progressiva reorganização dos movimentos partidários de esquerda, sindicais, populares, civis e religiosos, frente ao processo de abertura política da ditadura militar e em razão da agudização das crises sociais emergentes nos anos da década de 1980, conhecida em toda a América Latina como década perdida.
The Spanish mezzo-soprano Elena Gragera will be singing solo with the octet and will perform the Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas by De Falla, as well as pieces by Abril and Gerhardt.
Much like today's Democrats and Republicans, in Rome two opposing political parties, the Populares and the Optimates, faced off on either side of the political divide.
Meanwhile, the Optimates party, which controls the Senate, struggles with the party of the Populares, which controls the Assembly.
The reform also involves the caja populares [savings instruments for people without bank accounts], which for the first time are arranging themselves in a system that provides organization and financing and lets them operate formally.
A new exhibit at the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares takes visitors on a trip through six Mexican states without so much as a toll or a pit stop at Pemex.
The elimination of subsidies was accompanied by a major reduction in the role of the government foodstuffs agency (Compania Nacional de Subsistencias Populares, CONASUPO) in the tortilla-marketing chain, which created chaos in the tortilla market.
White characterizes Cuadra's consciousness of these elements with the following words: "Gran conocedor del paisaje visible con sus volcanes, montanas, selvas, sabanas, lagos, islas, rios y costas, Cuadra tambien ha sabido revelar los secretos del otro paisaje, invisible pero historiado y animado por la memoria colectiva de un pueblo en la forma de folklore y cantos populares y tambien mitos de origen indigena.
ROBERT WHITNEY STATES his case at the outset: During the period under study, 1920-1940, mass mobilization, revolution, economic crisis, and the threat of US intervention obliged Cuban politicians to come to terms with the popular social classes, the clases populares.
Worse, each represented a major faction in the ongoing political struggle of the day--Marius, the populares, who wanted political power distributed more widely throughout society; and Sulla, the optimates, who wanted power held firmly in the hands of the old patrician families.