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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 104- October 8 th What Difference Does Popularity Make? • Conditions the reactions of other political actors. • Presidential unpopularity lowers cost of resisting presidential action • Not determinative- being popular does not mean that presidents will get what they want. Public Relations Strategies • President’s attempt to shape public debate-Announcements, speeches, proposals.-Tactical decisions (rolling announcements, timing, “spin”- when everyone knows that they’re lying to you, but continue to make a straight face.) • Do they work? (not really) So Why Go to the Trouble? • Expectations of the office; presidents may not be helped, but not engaging in the effort can hurt. • Letting opposition set the agenda and frame issues. • Every now and then, it does work. Defining Presidential Success • Different ways of viewing this-Legislative success; how often do they get what they want....
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