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dc.contributor.authorPiston, S.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-18T14:47:54Z
dc.date.available2018-10-18T14:47:54Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationS Piston. 2017. "Explaining Public Support for Counterproductive Homeless Policy: The Role of Disgust." Political Behavior, v. 39, Issue 2, pp. 503 - 525. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11109-016-9366-4
dc.identifier.issn1573-6687
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/31477
dc.description.abstractFederal, state, and city governments spend substantial funds on programs intended to aid homeless people, and such programs attract widespread public support. In recent years, however, state and local governments have increasingly enacted policies, such as bans on panhandling and sleeping in public, that are counterproductive to alleviating homelessness. Yet these policies also garner substantial support from the public. Given that programs aiding the homeless are so popular, why are these counterproductive policies also popular? We argue that disgust plays a key role in the resolution of this puzzle. While disgust does not decrease support for aid policies or even generate negative affect towards homeless people, it motivates the desire for physical distance, leading to support for policies that exclude homeless people from public life. We test this argument using survey data, including a national sample with an embedded experiment. Consistent with these expectations, our findings indicate that those respondents who are dispositionally sensitive to disgust are more likely to support exclusionary policies, such as banning panhandling, but no less likely to support policies intended to aid homeless people. Furthermore, media depictions of the homeless that include disease cues activate disgust, increasing its impact on support for banning panhandling. These results help explain the popularity of exclusionary homelessness policies and challenge common perspectives on the role of group attitudes in public life.en_US
dc.format.extentp. 503-525en_US
dc.publisherKluwer Academic/Plenum Publishersen_US
dc.relation.ispartofPolitical Behavior
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11109-016-9366-4
dc.subjectPublic opinionen_US
dc.subjectHomelessnessen_US
dc.subjectDisgusten_US
dc.subjectGroup attitudesen_US
dc.subjectSocial sciencesen_US
dc.subjectPolitical scienceen_US
dc.subjectGovernment & lawen_US
dc.subjectBehavioral immune-systemen_US
dc.subjectImagining intergroup contacten_US
dc.subjectDisease-avoidanceen_US
dc.subjectIndividual-differencesen_US
dc.subjectImplicit prejudiceen_US
dc.subjectPhysical healthen_US
dc.subjectSocial-welfareen_US
dc.subjectAttitudesen_US
dc.subjectSensitivityen_US
dc.subjectPeopleen_US
dc.titleExplaining public support for counterproductive homeless policy: the role of disgusten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.volume39
dc.identifier.issue2
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11109-016-9366-4
pubs.elements-sourcemanual-entryen_US
pubs.notesEmbargo: No embargoen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Political Scienceen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_US


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