Journal Title: Slovak Journal of Political Sciences
ISSN: 1335-9096 (Online)
Society/Institution: Faculty of Social Science, University of. St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovak republic
LCC Subject Category: Political science
Country of publisher: Poland
Language of fulltext: English
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Walter Aaron T.
( Department of Politics and European Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ss. Cyril )
Abstract | Full Text
To the degree that public opinion, as domestic variable, influences a leaders decision-making in the area of foreign affairs is significant. Political leaders use public opinion polling to support government position or in attempts to mold policy position(s) in the affirmative. The following article investigates how public opinion affects U.S. presidential foreign policy decisions and to the degree those decisions are the base for political legacy. The theoretical argument is that domestic variables and leaders decisions often act in mutual support of each others in complementary interests and when not the case, it is the leader whose agenda setting or creating a frame impacts public opinion.