View Poll Results: Does the public's general support rise or fall?

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  • Rises in about 1/2 of situations

    0 0%
  • Rises in most situations

    4 66.67%
  • Rises from one party - falls in another

    0 0%
  • Falls unless in response to overwhelming issues like 9/11 and WWII

    1 16.67%
  • Falls most of the time, most people don't want conflict

    1 16.67%
  • Falls part of the time, there's a lot of things to consider (social, economical, political climate)

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Thread: Popular Reactions to Foreign Policy Crises

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    Popular Reactions to Foreign Policy Crises

    Do you believe that support of a president rises or falls in response to (any) president's foreign-policy event/decision.

    A few examples to consider:
    1961 - The Cuban Missile Crises.
    1979 - American embassy in Teheran seized by Iranians.
    1983 - US invasion of Grenada.
    1999 - US troops to Kosovo.
    Last edited by Aunt Spiker; 10-22-09 at 11:11 AM.
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    Re: Popular Reactions to Foreign Policy Crises

    It depends what the foreign policy decision is, and why it was made.
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    Re: Popular Reactions to Foreign Policy Crises

    You would think so, I would think so.

    However, the situation, outcome, and result seems to not matter at all to most.
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    Re: Popular Reactions to Foreign Policy Crises

    I have no idea on this subject I have seen no polls; even then, as they could be biased, the results would be meaningless.

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    Re: Popular Reactions to Foreign Policy Crises

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    You would think so, I would think so.

    However, the situation, outcome, and result seems to not matter at all to most.
    I think it's important to distinguish crises from tragedies. With something like 9/11, I think George Bush's approval rating would have soared no matter what he did (unless he did something REALLY at odds with the American public, like not invading Afghanistan).

    But with normal crises, I think the decision has a lot to do with it. It is easy to envision that Jimmy Carter's approval rating might not have declined if he had made a different decision regarding the Iran hostage crisis. Similarly, it is easy to envision that Bill Clinton's approval rating could have declined quite a bit if he had gotten us involved in a full-scale war in the Balkans. George Bush's approval soared during the invasion of Iraq since he was able to convince people of the legitimacy of the mission...then it declined when it became clear that there were no weapons and the insurgency was much stronger than anticipated.

    I don't really see any clear pattern, other than that approval ratings improve when the President does something the American people like, and decline when the President does something the American people don't like.
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    Re: Popular Reactions to Foreign Policy Crises

    I assert that the public will normally be wary of policy until they see benefit, unless of course there is the whole patriot rally, then they will be behind the president from the start. Regardless, the longer the conflict lingers the lower public support of it will sink. The public attention span is short, and once the conflict becomes everyday news they start to turn against it.

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    Re: Popular Reactions to Foreign Policy Crises

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    You would think so, I would think so.

    However, the situation, outcome, and result seems to not matter at all to most.

    So, what is the result?

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