What is the pyschology behind the “Silent Majority” claim?

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According to Wikipedia, President Nixon used this phrase to refer to a majority of Americans who did not go on a demonstration against the Vietnam war. In any democracy, I believe, there are always three groups of people: the pro-government supporters; the opposition group, and; the middle ground.

Is it legitimate for a government to exert a claim that they represent the views of the silent majority, i.e. people who have not expressed their views in public? Is this a political deception to divide the electorate and to dismiss opposition views? How much truth is behind this "Silent Majority" claim?

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