The Constituent Foundations of the Rally-Round-the-Flag Phenomenon

  title={The Constituent Foundations of the Rally-Round-the-Flag Phenomenon},
  author={Matthew A. Baum}
Despite the massive attention heaped on the rally-round-the-f lag phenomenon by public opinion scholars, relatively little attention has been paid to its constituent elements. Yet, recent research has found that different groups of Americans respond differently to presidents’ activities according to their interests and attentiveness. In this study, I disaggregate public opinion along two dimensions: political party and political sophistication. I argue that in responding to high-profile… CONTINUE READING
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