Public Support for both the Environment and an Anti-Environmental President: Possible Explanations for the George W. Bush Anomaly
|Author:||Steven R. Brechin and D. Freeman|
|Publication:||The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, 2(1), Article 6|
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.