Fatality Sensitivity: Factors shaping British, Polish and Australian public opinion on the Iraq war

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Abstract

This paper investigates fatality sensitivity of public opinion in coalition countries that participate in war efforts but are not a leading force. The analysis is based on opinion polls measuring public attitudes towards the involvement in the Iraq war of three countries: the United Kingdom, Poland and Australia. Overall, the data does not provide a clear evidence of sensitivity to soldier deaths, which were relatively infrequent, but the war opposition appears to increase in response to terrorism in Iraq. News of success has a power to reduce war opposition, while scandals are costly in terms of public support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-118
Number of pages29
JournalCentral European Journal of International and Security Studies
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2018

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Keywords

  • Iraq war
  • war coalition members
  • fatality sensitivity
  • wartime public opinion

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