It is possible to compare attitudes toward the Korean and Vietnam War because comparable questions about American support for the wars were asked in each period. They are presented in Tables 2.24-2.26. Vietnam has a rival for the distinction of being America's most unpopular war: Korea was just as unpopular during the periods in which the wars were comparable in American casualties--decline was general in both as casualties mounted (2.24, 2.26). By this measure at least, the Tet offensive of early 1968 in Vietnam did not do a great deal to increase American disillusion with the war there--support was declining already and continued to do so. Moreover, the data suggest that televison coverage of the later war and the active protest against it did not cause support for the the war to drop to levels lower than those that would have been expected from the Korean experience ( Mueller, 1973).
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