College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2021-05-10 12:43:27

Major

Political Science

Honors Course

3700 497-002

Number of Credits

2

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021

Abstract

This study analyzes the relationship between voter age and party affiliation with political polarization in the form of feelings towards both one’s own party and the opposing party. Using data from the 2020 American National Election Survey, the favorability ratings of voters from both parties towards both their own party and the opposing party were analyzed and grouped based on voter age. The results of this analysis indicate that positive feelings towards one’s own party and negative feelings towards the opposing party, and therefore polarization, tend to increase as age increases.

Research Sponsor

Daniel Coffey

First Reader

Phillip Marcin

Second Reader

Ron Gelleny

Honors Faculty Advisor

Ron Gelleny

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