Shaffer, Stephen D.
Mellen, Robbin B., Jr.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Political climates are undoubtedly changing across the nation and creating volatile fluctuations of attitudes, beliefs, and behavior. In a more entertaining season of presidential primaries, both parties – Democratic and Republican – have nominees that will once again be scrutinized by many across the country. I argue the levels of scrutiny will more likely than not be enhanced to new proportions. Since a consistent reliance on media involvement and attack ads have grown immensely amongst presidential candidates, this will translate into a wider gap in party polarization and subsequently tie into the trust of American citizens. Previous scholars have shown consistent data that political trust has no bearing on the actual turnout of presidential elections (Citrin 1974). But, historic distrustful ratings between major-party candidates may prove to alter political cultures for subsequent years. In this study, I thoroughly examine the growing significance of political trust on presidential voting in the United States.
Juraszek, Brett Stephen, "Political Trust and Presidential Voting: a Changing Political Environment Inducing the End of Traditional Politics in the United States" (2016). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 3557.