For example:

The movie XYZ is expected to be a flop. It was revealed that critic John Smith panned the movie without having seen it. It is feared that other critics will hold the same [noun].

Possible answers that come to mind, but I don't like are:

A bias may influence someone's views, but it doesn't necessitate having made their mind up.

predjudice doesn't necessitate ignorance. For example insurance companies may be predjudiced against young male drivers, but this doesn't come from ignorance. Also, in a modern context the term if inflammatory.

  • Maybe bigotry?
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 10:17
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    The verb prejudge carries just the original sense {prejudge verb [WITH OBJECT] Form a judgement on (an issue or person) prematurely and without having adequate information. ‘it is wrong to prejudge an issue on the basis of speculation’} {ODO} so the use of the ing-form will work with a modification ('... will be equally guilty of prejudging'). Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 10:19
  • 'Counting your chickens [before they've hatched]'? Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 11:02
  • Based on your title I'd say "gibberish".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 11:14
  • @SteveLovell -- What is an "a thing"?
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 16:04

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I would use preconception. It necessitates ignorance because the speaker has his/her conceptions entrenched.

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