Public support for both the environment and an anti-environmental president: Possible explanations for the George W. Bush anomaly

Steven R. Brechin, Daniel A. Freeman

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Abstract

The authors explore the apparent anomaly of strong public support for the environment and popular public support for a president with a poor environmental rating by groups such as the League of Conservation Voters. In attempting to understand why there have not been public outcries against George W. Bush's anti-environmental policies like those that occurred during the Reagan presidency, the authors present three possible explanations: a lag time phenomenon, change in media coverage and ownership, and redefined issue salience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalForum
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Leadership
  • Presidency
  • Public opinion

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