Difference in Afghanistan War Public Opinion Between 9/11 Generation and Post 9/11 Generation
My hypothesis is: H1: The post 9/11 generation did not have a Rally-Round-the-Flag effect due 9/11. However, the Rally-Round-the-Flag effect is shown in the 9/11 generations opinion of the Afghanistan war. I believe the change of America's public opinion on the Afghanistan war over time correlates to someone remembering 9/11. The research will contribute to literature regarding the American public's opinion of the Afghanistan war. To research the public's opinion, I used data from surveys that show the public opinion over time and analyze it for myself. The data tested whether the change of America's public opinion on the Afghanistan war over time correlates to someone remembering 9/11. I believed those who remember living through 9/11 are more likely to believe we should be in the Afghanistan war, and those who were not born nor remember 9/11 do not support the Afghanistan war due to them being too young. Since I cannot measure someone’s memories, I plan to compare by age and veteran status someone’s opinion to questions about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. My presentation plans to explain my analysis of American National Election Studies Times Series Study (ANNES) survey from 2012 data, as well as and Pew Research Center's American Trends Panel survey from 2019 data. The differences in data between the years for the 9/11 generation and the post-9/11 generation will allow my study to confirm the hypothesis.