On the Distinct Political Effects of Anxiety and Anger

Leonie huddy

Edited by Feldman Stanley and Cassese Erin

in The Affect Effect

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780226574417
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226574431 | DOI:
On the Distinct Political Effects of Anxiety and Anger

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This chapter tries to differentiate between anger and anxiety as distinct negative reactions to the Iraq war and explores their unique political effects. The distinct effects of anger and anxiety make clear the need to better understand their political consequences. The link between negative emotion and deeper levels of thought does not appear to extend to anger. Complex negative objects such as war and terrorism elicit diverse negative reactions. Americans had related but distinct feelings of anger and anxiety toward the war, terrorists, Saddam Hussein, and anti-war protesters. As anxiety and anger increase, respondents are more likely to report thinking about the Iraq war, talking about it, and, to a more limited extent, attending to national television news and newspapers. In general, the results raise serious concerns about the prevailing two-dimensional valence model of emotion.

Keywords: anger; anxiety; Iraq war; terrorism; Saddam Hussein; terrorists; anti-war protesters; valence model

Chapter.  11225 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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