Scholarship of Discovery
This paper maps people’s politics onto three axes to see how those axes interrelate. 617 Midwestern faith-based university students answered 10 questions on social issues, 12 questions on economic issues, and 11 questions on foreign affairs. This project is specifically interested in knowing if the social and economic answers explain the foreign affairs answers. The biggest conclusion drawn is how little they do. One’s social and economic attitudes predict 5.5% of one’s foreign affairs. We can also conclude that social attitudes of these students drive party identification much more than economic or foreign affairs as students identify as Republican four-to-one, yet tilt left on economic issues and foreign affairs.
Claborn, David and Tobias, Lindsey, "The Independence of Foreign Affairs and Importance of Social Issues in the Political Attitudes of Olivet Nazarene University Students, 2010-2013" (2015). Faculty Scholarship – Political Science. 4.