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Decreasing the Economy’s Impact on Evaluations of the President: An Experiment on Attribution Framing
Presidential Studies Quarterly (2013)
  • Brian Newman, Pepperdine University
Abstract

Decades of research has shown that economic considerations are strongly tied to evaluations of the president. Many studies have found that framing (often called priming) by news coverage, events, and presidential rhetoric can increase the weight of economic and other considerations in presidential evaluations. I use a survey experiment to show that attribution frames can decrease the weight of economic considerations on presidential evaluations. The finding holds implications for the public’s capacity to hold the president accountable and presidents’ legislative strategies.

Keywords
  • attribution framing,
  • framing,
  • presidential approval,
  • economic voting
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Brian Newman. "Decreasing the Economy’s Impact on Evaluations of the President: An Experiment on Attribution Framing" Presidential Studies Quarterly Vol. 43 Iss. 4 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brian_newman/2/