Mass Media, Behavioral Psychology, and the Politics of Irrational Fear

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The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) recently conducted a poll of the U.S. public. One question asked was this: “How worried are you that you or someone in your family will be a victim of terrorism?”. The changing results over the past two years are graphed below: SOURCES: http://www.prri.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PRRI-The-Atlantic-Poll-Topline-FINAL.pdf http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2016/06/25-immigration-campaign-2016-trump-racial-resentment-mcelvein So, 51% of respondents currently are very or somewhat worried. … Read More