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Offlineekomstop
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When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles
    #3232109 - 10/08/04 09:25 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/874678.cms
When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles

Times of India | October 8 2004

WASHINGTON: An article published in the Current Research in Social Psychology journal has revealed that when the US government issues a terrorist warning, presidential approval ratings jump by leap and bounds.

Robb Willer, the assistant director of the Sociology and Small Groups Laboratory at Cornell, tracked 26 instances of federal agency report that showed an increased threat of terrorist activity in the United States between February 2001 and May 2004.

Simultaneously he also tracked the 131 Gallup Polls in the same period, and found presidential approval ratings quite positive in relation to the warnings on terror.

"Results showed that terror warnings increased presidential approval ratings consistently. They also increased support for Bush's handling of the economy. The findings, however, were inconclusive as to how long this halo effect lasts," said Willer.

Willer pointed to the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States as an example of the tendency. After 9/11, approval of Bush's job performance jumped from 51 per cent on Sept 10, 2001, to 86 per cent on Sept 15, 2001, in a Gallup Poll. Similarly, approval for Bush's handling of the economy jumped from 54 per cent on July 11, 2001, to 72 per cent on Oct 5, 2001.

Willer said that the findings are consistent with social identity theory, which postulates that individuals tend to identify with a specific group to the extent that they see themselves as more similar to the members of the group than to its most significant out-group.

"Once individuals identify with a group, they develop significant biases toward their group, which help them maintain high self-esteem as members of their group. From the perspective of social identity theory, threats of attacks from foreigners increase solidarity and in-group identification among Americans, including feelings of stronger solidarity with their leadership," explained Willer.

"This research suggests that individuals may respond to reminders of their mortality, like terror warnings, by supporting their current leaders," he concluded.


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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: ekomstop]
    #3232228 - 10/08/04 10:38 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

code red Nov 1


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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: afoaf]
    #3232711 - 10/08/04 12:58 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Or the Osama Bin Laden "Happy Meal" at the end of this month,eh?


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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: afoaf]
    #3232718 - 10/08/04 01:02 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Heh. True.




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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: whiterasta]
    #3232777 - 10/08/04 01:18 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

IMO this terror threat strategy has been used for a long time on americans, but it is only recently in american history that its being used for personal gains and power.

For example, in 1947 after WW2, Americans had no will to paricipate anymore in whatever else was going on in other countries, esepcially Europe. The only way the government was able to make the public opinion in favor of the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, they had to scare them by saying that if no financial help was given to them, communism would spread itself all over Europe.
This turned out to work quite well, and in that manner the terror hreat poilicy was used in a positive way.

Now, looking back on what happened in history, the government realizes it could use this very same technique, and indeed it proves itself to be very effective, it has gotten them millions of dollars in their pockets.

But to me this is only the natural evolution that the government of the most powerful country undergoes. I'm just observing facts, and something tells me all of this is "normal", because it will lead to the next step in evolution, which is the possible regain of power from the people. People just have to wake up though.


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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: afoaf]
    #3232850 - 10/08/04 01:35 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

Zehid said:
code red Nov 1




one would like to think that the timing would give it away...unfortunately..thats often not the case...


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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: Annapurna1]
    #3233607 - 10/08/04 05:23 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

We should get rid of terror warnings altogether! And Homeland Security! We should elect Noam Chomsky for president and give Al Qaeda, Hamas and Iran lots of money and weapons in hopes they leave us alone!


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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: Divided_Sky]
    #3233631 - 10/08/04 05:27 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

what exactly do "terror warnings" accomplish and provide for the general population?


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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: Vvellum]
    #3233950 - 10/08/04 06:53 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

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bi0 said:
what exactly do "terror warnings" accomplish and provide for the general population?




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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: Tao]
    #3233958 - 10/08/04 06:56 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

They make the population sufficiently afraid to prepare to give up more of their rights in the name of security.


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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: Vvellum]
    #3234043 - 10/08/04 07:24 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

They give a boost to the duct tape industry.


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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: Divided_Sky]
    #3234245 - 10/08/04 08:34 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

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We should get rid of terror warnings altogether! And Homeland Security! We should elect Noam Chomsky for president and give Al Qaeda, Hamas and Iran lots of money and weapons in hopes they leave us alone!




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Re: When terror bell rings, George Bush smiles [Re: retread]
    #3234325 - 10/08/04 08:56 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I think that the threat level should be raised before the election. It is a prime opportunity to strike. Look at what happened in Spain. It is a no brainer.


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