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ERIC Number: ED232172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Knowledge and Opinion on the Nuclear Freeze: A Test of Three Models.
Tankard, James W., Jr.
To explore how knowledge influences opinion in foreign policy, results of a survey on voter familiarity with and attitude toward nuclear policy issues were compared with three theoretical models of the knowledge/opinion relationship: (1) the enlightenment model--as knowledge increases, support for belligerent foreign policy stands decreases; (2) the mainstream model--as knowledge increases, conformity to official positions grows; and (3) the cognitive consistency model--greater knowledge parallels increased correspondence between general beliefs and opinions on specific policies. Results of the comparison, contradicting a 1963 study, lend some support to the enlightenment and cognitive consistency models. Failure to corroborate earlier support of the mainstream model may be due to the public's decreased faith in political or technological experts. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Texas Univ., Austin.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nuclear Freeze
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).