Is it all in a word? the effect of issue framing on public support for U.S. spending on HIV/AIDS in developing countries

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Abstract

The frequency of government foreign aid decisions influenced by pubic opinion has risen dramatically in the past few years.This study looks at the effect of issue framing on support for U.S. spending on HIV/AIDS in developing countriesspecifically, at how support changes when the phrase foreign aid is included or omitted from a survey question. Analyses reveal a significant effect of issue framing for women and Democrats. Omitting the phrase foreign aid is associated with increased support for U.S. spending among Democrats and decreased support among women. Regardless of issue framing, blacks, Hispanics, and more educated individuals support U.S. spending on HIV/AIDS in developing countries. However, when forced to decide between funds' going overseas for HIV/AIDS in developing countries or remaining in the United States, all respondents overwhelmingly support monies' being used in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-132
Number of pages13
JournalHarvard International Journal of Press/Politics
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Issue framing
  • Public opinion
  • U.S. spending

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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