Event Title

Presidential Job Approval’s Lack of Influence on Partisanship and Political Ideology

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Andrea Lopez

Start Date

23-4-2019 1:20 PM

End Date

23-4-2019 1:40 PM

Description

Deciphering which social groups help influence people's’ partisanships and political ideologies can provide us with a better understanding of the American electorate. Based on Karl Mannheim’s generational imprint theory and past research that suggests peoples’ birth cohorts can shape their partisanships and political ideologies, this study aimed to see if an individual’s overall partisanship and ideology would be influenced by the job approval of the sitting president during their impressionable youth. Using data from the Gallup Poll and the American National Election Studies of 2008, 2012 and 2016, several linear regression analyses were conducted that examined the average presidential approval ratings of four-year administrations in relation to the party identification, and political ideologies of the corresponding age cohorts. Across these statistical analyses, presidential job approval was found to have no effect on age cohorts’ partisanships or political ideologies.

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Presidential Job Approval’s Lack of Influence on Partisanship and Political Ideology

Deciphering which social groups help influence people's’ partisanships and political ideologies can provide us with a better understanding of the American electorate. Based on Karl Mannheim’s generational imprint theory and past research that suggests peoples’ birth cohorts can shape their partisanships and political ideologies, this study aimed to see if an individual’s overall partisanship and ideology would be influenced by the job approval of the sitting president during their impressionable youth. Using data from the Gallup Poll and the American National Election Studies of 2008, 2012 and 2016, several linear regression analyses were conducted that examined the average presidential approval ratings of four-year administrations in relation to the party identification, and political ideologies of the corresponding age cohorts. Across these statistical analyses, presidential job approval was found to have no effect on age cohorts’ partisanships or political ideologies.