Shaping Public Opinion: The 9/11-Iraq Connection in the Bush Administration's Rhetoric

Amy Gershkoff, Shana Kushner

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Abstract

We suggest that the 2003 war in Iraq received high levels of public support because the Bush administration successfully framed the conflict as an extension of the war on terror, which was a response to the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Our analysis of Bush's speeches reveals that the administration consistently connected Iraq with 9/11. New York Times coverage of the president's speeches featured almost no debate over the framing of the Iraq conflict as part of the war on terror. This assertion had tremendous influence on public attitudes, as indicated by polling data from several sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-537
Number of pages13
JournalPerspectives on Politics
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

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  • Political Science and International Relations

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