ERIC Number: EJ1049929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Political Incongruity between Students' Ideological Identity and Stance on Specific Public Policies in a Predominantly White Southeastern State Institution
Coles, Jeremy T.; Carstens, Brittany A.; Wright, Jennifer M.; Williams, Robert L.
Innovative Higher Education, v40 n1 p5-18 Feb 2015
The study determined whether or not a predominantly Caucasian sample (N = 187) attending a southeastern state's major public university embraced political policies consistent with their self-identified political ideology. The findings showed that the highest percentage of students identified with a conservative ideology and that a much lower percentage identified with a liberal ideology. Nonetheless, students approved of more liberal policies than conservative ones. These findings suggest that southern students are likely to be more open to examining the pros and cons of sociopolitical policies than to comparing the merits of political ideologies.
Descriptors: Public Policy, Political Attitudes, Political Issues, Congruence (Psychology), Ideology, White Students, College Students, Beliefs, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Social Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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