silent majority


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silent majority

A group that makes up a majority of voters but does not widely express its views through marches or demonstrations. For example, They thought they had a convincing case, but they hadn't counted on the silent majority. This idiom was first recorded in 1874 but gained currency in the 1960s, when President Richard Nixon claimed that his policies were supported by a majority of citizens who did not bother to make their views known.
See also: majority, silent
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Now, nearly a half-century after Nixon's address, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell's The Great Silent Majority concludes that it was "a persuasive masterpiece" (pp.
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The Silent Majority is being presented nationwide by WEDU PBS of West Central Florida and distributed through APT, American Public Television.
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Maybe this is a case of the silent majority not voicing their opinion on the matter as I have met very few people in favour of restoring the pier and believe it mainly driven by the grandiose ambitions of a few, including some councillors.
There is, in fact, a silent majority of American Jews who reject the idea that they are "in exile" in America.
But we have to admit that many Egyptians, often called the silent majority, seem to be undecided or are sticking to the tradition of deciding at the last minute.
I think I have a great chance to win in the election because I have a wide popularity among the silent majority in this country who want stability and security to be restored," he said.
He said the Tunisian people, particularly the silent majority, is alone capable today to put an end to the conspiracies being hatched against their Revolution and working to abort it.
The key, he said, "is the silent majority of Egyptians.
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Congresswoman Diana Degette believes that the Silent Majority today is made up of people who believe in scientific research on reproductive issues and the use of stem cells in searching for cures for conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes.
If Councillor Dunning's "silent majority" theory was to be trusted, then you would assume that with only 158 objections to the scheme in Eston there was a bigger silent majority in favour of the scheme there than in Redcar where there are 2,000 objections.
Yes indeed, that old Silent Majority has been staying silent while still attending their parishes.