Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A quantitative comparative analysis of voters' economic concern, congressional approval, and voting behavior in 2012
by Writer, Eddie, D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2015, 170; 3707415
Abstract (Summary)

In charge of a $15 trillion budget, the U.S. Congress functions as the largest business entity in the world. After the 2008 financial crisis, an increasing number of Americans became concerned about congressional leaders’ ability to handle business-related issues, such as high unemployment, housing foreclosures, declining stock prices, and business bankruptcies. Struggling to recover in a sluggish economy, Americans had the opportunity to communicate their approval or disapproval of congressional leaders’ handling of the U.S. economy in the midterm congressional election of 2012. To investigate how, if at all, Americans’ voting behavior in 2012 may have varied by their economic concern regarding the U.S. economy and approval of congressional leaders, an analysis of the American National Electoral Studies (ANES) survey was conducted. A quantitative study with a descriptive comparative design was conducted to analyze the ANES pre- and post- 2012 election surveys. While no significant differences were detected by gender (H1 - gender), economic concern differed significantly by age (H1 - age), education (H1 - education), political party (H2), state (H3), and congressional district (H4). Similarly, congressional approval varied significantly by all voter background variables (H5 - demographics, H6 - political party, H7 - state, and H8 - congressional district). Data analysis revealed that congressional approval varied significantly by a voter’s level of economic concern (H9). Additionally, frequency of voting differed significantly by participants’ economic concern and congressional approval (H10).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Daniels, Ruby A.
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Behavioral psychology, Management, Political science
Keywords: Behavioral science, Government, Management, Organizational behavior, Public administration, Voting behavior
Publication Number: 3707415
ISBN: 978-1-321-82082-9
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