Misreading the Public: The Myth of a New Isolationism

By Steven Kull; I. M. Destler | Go to book overview

9 Does Congress
Mirror the Public?

Among practitioners we interviewed, as well as participants in our workshops, a widely stated belief was that members of Congress are a good mirror of attitudes in their district. Thus, it was argued, the aggregate legislative behavior of Congress is a good mirror of national attitudes, more reliable than national polls. The fact that Congress has taken legislative steps reducing U.S. international engagement was seen as clear evidence that this must reflect public attitudes.1

In the workshops, participants stressed that members of Congress must have a good sense of their constituents' policy attitudes, by virtue of their constant communication through calls, letters, and time spent in their district. One rejected the idea that Congress might be misreading the public, saying, "There isn't . . . this gap here that you think." He gave credence to "the members of Congress, when they say, look, I know how to get reelected." Another participant--a congressional staff member--said, "Obviously people who are in the election business have a fairly keen sense of where their constituents are." A third stressed that "there is genuinely a market for political information in Congress, a pretty competitive, robust market. If there's one thing members of Congress talk about with each other, it's what issues are playing back home, and in elections. . . . 'This is a hot-button issue, this can move numbers.' And so the question is, how

-193-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Misreading the Public: The Myth of a New Isolationism
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • ABOUT BROOKINGS iv
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Contents ix
  • Foreword 1
  • 1- The Puzzle 9
  • PART ONE The Gap 33
  • 2- America's Role In Today's, World 35
  • 3- The United Nations 59
  • 4- Un Peacekeeping 81
  • 5- Foreign Aid 113
  • 6- Defense Spending 134
  • PART TWO Challenging the Gap 151
  • 7- Letting Policy Practitioners Ask The Questions 153
  • 8- How the Public Makes Budgetary Trade-Offs 179
  • 9- Does Congress Mirror the Public? 193
  • PART THREE Explaining the Gap 205
  • 10- Why Do Policy Practitioners Misperceive the Public? 207
  • 11- Why Doesn't Politics Close the Gap? 229
  • 12- Putting the Puzzle Together 249
  • Appendix: Design of the Study 267
  • Notes 277
  • Index 303
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 312

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.