Effects of conservative sociopolitical attitudes on public support for drug rehabilitation spending

Citation
Jm. Timberlake et al., Effects of conservative sociopolitical attitudes on public support for drug rehabilitation spending, SOC SCI Q, 82(1), 2001, pp. 184-196
Citations number
30
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY
ISSN journal
0038-4941 → ACNP
Volume
82
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
184 - 196
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-4941(200103)82:1<184:EOCSAO>2.0.ZU;2-3
Abstract
Objective. In this article we investigate why traditionally conservative so cial groups show less support for spending on drug rehabilitation programs than for drug control spending in general. Methods. Using data from the 198 4 through 1998 General Social Surveys, we first estimate logistic regressio ns of support for drug control spending across five sociopolitical cleavage s. We then estimate effects of three types of sociopolitical attitudes on s upport for drug spending within traditionally conservative groups. Results. Resistance to rehabilitation spending among conservatives is related to th eir opposition to the welfare state, punitive attitudes toward criminals, a nd among whites, racial attitudes. Conclusions. Our findings suggest that c itizens may withhold support for a social policy to the extent that it evok es negative associations with other salient sociopolitical issues or attitu des. We discuss the importance of these associations for understanding the relationships among political debate, public opinion, and policy outcomes.