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Heightened Awareness of Events Abroad

Fearing both nuclear annihilation and the spread of communism, Americans were strongly influence by events abroad during presidential elections. This was particularly true at the height of the Cold War, in the 1950s and 1960s. In a June 1951 Survey Research Center poll on foreign affairs, in which respondents were asked how often they thought about world affairs, 55 percent said they thought about them a great deal, and only 13 percent said they hardly thought about them at all. According to a Gallup poll conducted right after 1952 election, 72 percent of respondents said they thought the Korean War was the biggest problem Eisenhower should deal with after he took office. And in 1953, in a Survey Research Center poll that asked respondents if they thought the country was overly concerned with other nation's problems, 51 percent disagreed and only 46 percent agreed. (See figure 1.)

Subsequent polling data indicates...

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