Whose Public Virtue? Exploring Freedom of Information Efficacy and Support
Administration & Society
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Little is known about public perceptions of how FOI laws influence government operations or impact citizens’ daily lives. A large representative sample of U.S. adults was surveyed for support of FOI laws and perceptions of FOI efficacy. Findings showed advanced education and higher perceptions of general government efficacy to be strongly significant in predicting both support for FOI and greater FOI efficacy. Males and liberal respondents also demonstrated significance in predicting support for FOI and higher FOI efficacy, while Black race was a significant negative predictor in support for FOI and whether FOI improved government operations and accountability.
Wagner, A.Jay, "Whose Public Virtue? Exploring Freedom of Information Efficacy and Support" (2023). College of Communication Faculty Research and Publications. 591.