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Discrepancies In Voter Turnout: American Primary Election Types, Sophia E. Jean Jan 2017

Discrepancies In Voter Turnout: American Primary Election Types, Sophia E. Jean

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Voter turnout in the United States is low in comparison to other modern democracies. Turnout also varies significantly from state to state and from year to year. This study seeks to examine why these discrepancies in voter turnout exist on both the aggregate (state) and individual (voter) level. Many recent legislative attempts to reconcile low voter turnout have been unsuccessful. In learning why voter turnout is lower in some years and states compared to others, we might be able to implement relevant policies in order to increase turnout. In order to learn why voter turnout is low, I analyzed two ...


The Advantage Of Wealth: How Partisan Success Is Affected By Rising Income Inequality In The United States, Aaron Carpenter Jan 2016

The Advantage Of Wealth: How Partisan Success Is Affected By Rising Income Inequality In The United States, Aaron Carpenter

Undergraduate Honors Theses

After the end of the Second World War, the United States when through a period of great growth. As the economy grew, income inequality also grew within the country. Parallel to this, as income inequality increased, Republicans began to break the stronghold of Democratic congressional control. This begs the question, what happens to politics as income inequality increases in the United States? Can Republican success be explained by increased inequality? In order to answer this question, I theorize that income inequality increases the power of the Republican core support base, while it mitigates the power of the Democratic support base ...


A Character Study: Partisan Politics In The Age Of Twitter, James Bradbury Jan 2015

A Character Study: Partisan Politics In The Age Of Twitter, James Bradbury

Undergraduate Honors Theses

It’s no secret that the world is quickly shifting from the nightly news and the daily paper to a 24/7 rapid-response information environment driven by smartphones and other personal computing devices. Also readily apparent is the hyper-partisanship that has come to mire America’s legislative process. This paper will explore the connection between the two phenomena by reviewing a mix of academic and popular literature and conducting an original experiment to arrive at a better understanding of how Internet-mediated communication technologies drive political opinions at the individual level. Specifically, statistical analyses are performed to parse out the differences ...


Who Really Controls The Message Of Presidential Debates?, Mary E. Cornell Jan 2013

Who Really Controls The Message Of Presidential Debates?, Mary E. Cornell

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Presidential debates have played an important role in the American campaign process but it has been debated on whether or not the message is more controlled by the media or the candidate. Response type, level of criticism and measure of evasiveness are the variables used in this research in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the debate message.