The Resource Follow the leader : opinion polls and the modern presidents, Paul Brace, Barbara Hinckley

Follow the leader : opinion polls and the modern presidents, Paul Brace, Barbara Hinckley

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Follow the leader : opinion polls and the modern presidents
Title
Follow the leader
Title remainder
opinion polls and the modern presidents
Statement of responsibility
Paul Brace, Barbara Hinckley
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Language
eng
Summary
With elections drawing fewer and fewer voters, today's presidents govern increasingly on the strength of support from (little understood) public-opinion polls. People are concerned that a public-relations presidency has become a dominant force in politics. Will war and peace be determined not on their merits but on their predicted poll impact? Follow the Leader is the first systematic account of how modern presidents from Truman to Bush have been shaped by changes in the polls and their own choices about them. What accommodations do the presidents make to polls? What have been the effects on foreign policy and legislation? Looking beyond individual cases in order to highlight trends, the book draws on the latest social science techniques to reveal influences on the polls that are beyond presidential control. The authors also explain how the media subtly affect our understanding of poll data. Some recent presidents are seen in a new perspective. Carter, for example, emerges as "the median president": average in activity, success in Congress, and public support. Follow the Leader shows that presidents often do make Faustian bargains on behalf of their popularity, but they get surprisingly little in return. For example, while it is true that the use of force by the United States abroad has followed bad economic times at home much more frequently than would be expected by chance, the use of force itself does not boost a president's popularity. In fact, foreign policy activities show a variety of different effects. There is an uneasy balance at best between being liked and being president. Conventional wisdom suggests that popular presidents are strong leaders. But Brace and Hinckley demonstrate that things are not so simple. Indeed, presidents who structured their agendas solely on the basis of public approval would often be making choices the American people would not support. The popular rating-the-presidents game, engaged in by journalists and the public, is played out in a widening vacuum of knowledge. In this state of confusion about what the polls mean and how they should be interpreted, Follow the Leader offers an account both sobering and enlightening. The polls are here to stay, but people will look at them differently after reading this book
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1954-
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Brace, Paul
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK518
LC item number
.B72 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1937-
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Hinckley, Barbara
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  • Presidents
  • Public opinion
  • Opinión pública
  • Présidents
  • Opinion publique
  • Politics and government
  • Presidents
  • Public opinion
  • Opinieonderzoek
  • Presidenten
  • PRESIDENTS
  • PUBLIC OPINION
  • POLITICAL CONDITIONS
  • UNITED STATES
  • United States
  • EE. UU.
  • États-Unis
  • États-Unis
  • United States
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Follow the leader : opinion polls and the modern presidents, Paul Brace, Barbara Hinckley
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 243 pages
Isbn
9780465013340
Lccn
91059021
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)25507775
  • (OCoLC)ocm25507775
Label
Follow the leader : opinion polls and the modern presidents, Paul Brace, Barbara Hinckley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 243 pages
Isbn
9780465013340
Lccn
91059021
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25507775
  • (OCoLC)ocm25507775

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