Review of Steven Kull and I.M. Destler, Misreading the Public: The Myth of a New Isolationism

by Eric V. Larson

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There are a number of gaps in public opinion on foreign policy that deserve closer analysis. This review discusses Steven Kull and I. M. Destler's "Misreading the Public: The Myth of a New Isolationism," which focuses on the question: Why does there appear to be a gap between policymakers' perceptions of public attitudes on foreign affairs and actual public attitudes? "Misreading the Public" is the culmination of a number of years of public opinion polling on foreign policy attitudes by the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes.

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Originally published in: Public Opinion Quarterly, v. 63, no. 4, Winter 1999, pp. 624-627.

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