Degree Name

Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)

Document Type



Faculty of Arts and Sciences



Date of Original Version

April 2023


This is a quantitative study that examines the impact of presidential rhetoric on public opinion about immigration, during the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. I also touch upon confidence levels in government, opinions on abortion, and confidence in the military during different presidential terms. Those sub-categories are important because they allowed me to see if the variables pertaining to immigration were unusually polarized in comparison to the others. I hypothesized that there would be a higher level of rejection for immigrants during the Trump administration. The present study concluded that although the Bush and Obama administrations demonstrated more positive immigration rhetoric, and the data sets show less resistance against immigrants, presidential rhetoric may not have the impact I predicted.