Trends in Public Opinion: A Compendium of Survey Data

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become less friendly toward Israel while remaining at least as friendly toward Egypt (2.21, 2.22).

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).


REPERENCES

Free Lloyd, and William Watts. 1980. "Internationalism Comes of Age . . . Again". Public Opinion, 3( 2):46-50.

Holsti Ole R., and James N. Rosenau. 1984. American Leadership in World Affairs. Boston: Allen & Unwin.

Mueller John. 1973. War, Presidents and Public Opinion. New York: Wiley (reprinted 1985 by University Press of America).

_____. 1977. Changes in American Public Attitudes Toward International Involvement. In Ellen P. Stern, ed., The Limits of Military Intervention. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

_____. 1979. "Public Expectations of War During the Cold War". American Journal of Political Science, 23:301- 329.

Richman Alvin. 1982. "Public Attitudes on Military Power", 1981. Public Opinion, 4( 6):44-46.

Russett Bruce M., and Donald R. Deluca. 1981. "Don't Tread on Me": Public Opinion and Foreign Policy in the Eighties. Political Science Quarterly, 96:381-399.

Smith Tom W. 1983. "American Attitudes Toward the Soviet Union and Communism". Public Opinion Quarterly, 47:277-292.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables vii
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • Introduction 1
  • References 10
  • 1 - Politics 11
  • References 14
  • 2 - International Affairs 49
  • REPERENCES 51
  • 3 - Taxation and Spending 73
  • References 75
  • 4 - Confidence in Institutions 93
  • References 95
  • 5 - Political Tolerance 107
  • References 109
  • 6 - Crime and Violence 131
  • References 133
  • 7 - Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs 153
  • References 155
  • 8 - Race Relations 167
  • 9 - Sexual and Reproductive Morality 187
  • References 189
  • 10 - Death and Dying 215
  • References 216
  • 11 - Role of Women 223
  • References 224
  • 12 - Work 235
  • References 237
  • 13 - Religion 251
  • References 252
  • 14 - Family 265
  • 15 - Psychological Well-Being/Group Membership 287
  • References 288
  • Index of GSS Mnemonics 317
  • Index 321
  • About the Authors 327
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