Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
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Honors Research Project: Political Science
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Bachelor of Science
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In this study, five speeches by Donald Trump and six by Joe Biden were comprehensively analyzed for their symbolic politics on immigration and social issues. The data revealed a consistent trend, with Trump featuring a greater number of mentions in comparison to Biden—66 and 26, respectively. Furthermore, Trump's symbolic politics exhibited a predominantly negative tone, while Biden's approach was predominantly positive. The results of this analysis confirm my hypotheses, highlighting notable disparities in the rhetoric employed by each candidate. Trump amplified a negative outlook on social issues and immigration, whereas Biden strategically mentioned and positively framed these issues. This research provides valuable insights into the utilization of symbolic politics by each speaker.
Dr. Phillip Marcin
Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler
Dr. Charles Waehler
Honors Faculty Advisor
Dr. Ronald Gelleny
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Asif, Nimra, "The Role of Symbolic Politics in Shaping Political Attitudes: A Study of Trump and Biden's Campaign Speeches" (2023). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1777.