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The American People and President Bush
Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages –, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1004, July 2002
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Professor Richard Brody explains the dynamics of public opinion about President George W. Bush during the so-called honeymoon phase and the period right before September 11. The Bush honeymoon period was short-lived relative to other presidents, with the presidents polls dropping once he submitted his budget to Congress in early March. But Bushs approval ratings soared remarkably in the days subsequent to the terrorist attacks, a pattern Brody attributes to the high level of bipartisan support among opinion makers in Congress and the news media. The erosion of Bushs approval ratings began about a month later, when opinion elites began to question the presidents policies, triggering changes in support among Democratic and Independent voters who rely on these elites for assessing the presidents job performance. If the war on terrorism continues to recede from public view, other issues will shape public opinion about the president. We should expect to see the presidents support become increasingly contingent on domestic issues, particularly the economy.