News media framing sets public opinion that drugs is the country's most important problem

David P. Fan

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Abstract

Responses by the public to the question of whether drugs was the United States' most important problem ranged from under 5% to over 60% during the 9 years from 1985 to 1994. Time series analysis showed that changes in this opinion could be explained by the press describing drugs as a crisis. Other types of drug discussion contributed negligibly. In the reverse direction, public opinion about drugs was a weak but significant contributor to press coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1413-1421
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

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Keywords

  • Drugs
  • Mass media
  • Opinion
  • Time series

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