Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Arts in Political Science
Stephen M. Utych, Ph.D.
Michael Allen, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Lyons, Ph.D.
While plenty of evidence suggests prospective and retrospective sociotropic economic voting happens in the electorate, it is hard to find evidence that supports prospective economic voting based on personal economic forecasts. Furthermore, it has been argued that the Republican Party is able to attract poor and working class individuals because of their conservative position on social issues. This research looks at the relationship between pocketbook prospective economic beliefs and ideological sentiments. I find that individuals who are optimistic about their personal economic future are more likely to be conservative, and that this personal optimism has a greater impact on ideology than current income. This finding suggests that personal economic perspectives influence an individual’s ideological position, and that poor and working class individuals may support the Republican Party for economic reasons.
Hill, Derrick, "Personal Economics and Political Ideology" (2017). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1259.