Political Polarization and its Effect on Political Participation
Sean Matthew Feikes
In recent years, perceived political division has risen in the United States at an astonishing rate. With the rise of social media in the last decade or so, political opinions and ideologies are able to reach more and more people than ever before. With this mass distribution of thoughts and ideas, political opinions are stronger and more divisive causing more polarization among citizens. The purpose of this research is to examine how political polarization affects political participation among college students. The method of analysis for this research question is a survey administered to UD students and distributed via email. The brief survey contains questions regarding their political identity and ideology, opinions on the current state of politics, and stance on some highly political topics. Results from the anonymous survey are contextualized within the existing literature.
Anya M. Galli Robertson, Leslie H. Picca
Primary Advisor's Department
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
"Political Polarization and its Effect on Political Participation" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2608.