Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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.
Suarez, Nicole Patricia, "Presidential Influence On Public Opinion About Immigration" (2023). Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview. 432.