Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Scott R. Maggard

Committee Member

Dianne C. Carmody

Committee Member

Travis Linnemann

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 P385 2012


This study examines the relationship between the media, attitudes towards supporting war, and military awareness. Online survey data were collected from a four-year university located in a heavily militarized area. This study found that having knowledge of Afghanistan and Iraq War facts negatively affected one's decision to support war and was the strongest predictor of this decision. The media was not found to be a significant predictor impacting this knowledge when controlling for other variables. Political ideology and other related variables were found to be more influential of this knowledge. These findings imply that the public may be imprudently supporting war without proper exposure to the facts or without regard to reality.


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