COS article on national news blog
Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish news blog featured the work of a College of Sciences professor recently.
Below is a piece of the NYT’s story.
“Twenty years ago today, Magic Johnson told the world that he was H.I.V.-positive. What had been largely a “gay disease” in the public’s mind now had a very different face. Did this make a difference?
Philip H. Pollock III, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida, had an answer, thanks to a bit of good luck: he came upon a November 1991 poll in Florida that included questions about AIDS and, most crucially, he was in the field when Mr. Johnson made his announcement. By comparing the responses of people interviewed before and after the announcement, he could estimate its effect on public opinion about AIDS.”