J 423 Public Opinion Public Opinion Final Project

J 423 Public Opinion Public Opinion Final Project

J 423 Public Opinion Public Opinion Final Project

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MdbOx2VEBwaPeE…

Final Project

MSCH-J 423 Public Opinion

Necessary Files:

The survey codebook

Instructions for analysis

The survey (make sure to copy to your drive)

Purpose: To examine a component of public opinion in the American public in-depth, relating it to broader research being done in the field of public opinion.

Use the example (here) if you need help doing the analysis.

The Paper: Pick an opinion question on the survey and examine variation in responses to the question along several political and demographic features.

Research/Writing the Paper

  1. Provide a justification for why the opinion question you chose is interesting and important, and formulate informed hypotheses supported by the public opinion literature as to how the results of the data analysis will play out.
  1. Use other variables in the survey:
    1. Select one demographic variable (e.g., sex, age, etc)
  1. Select two political variables (e.g., partisanship, whether someone has voted, etc)
  1. Analyze the bivariate means on the chosen opinion question: create one table showing the demographic variable’s relationship to the opinion variable.
  1. Analyze multivariate means on the chosen opinion question across demographic and political items. This will require you to create at least two tables.
    1. For example, if you picked Trump Approval as the opinion variable, whether someone has a college degree as the demographic, that person’s partisanship and whether they have voted as the two political variables, make the following:
      1. Mean level of Trump approval by degree and partisanship
      2. Mean level of Trump approval by degree and voting status

Analyze differences (if any) in responses to your chosen opinion question across these three variables (e.g., how do men and women differ in their response to X? How do Republicans and Democrats differ on X?)

1. Provide a general overview of your findings in relation to concepts covered in class. Be sure to be thorough in relating the two.

Paper Guidelines

4-5 pages (including tables), double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman.

Include in-text citations, as well as a references page (refs not included in page count).

Turn in by Friday, December 20 (5pm) on Canvas.

Item

Criteria

Grade

1

The paper persuasively and thoroughly describes why the chosen public opinion measure is of interest to us.

20%

The paper describes why the chosen public opinion measure is of interest, but only briefly and without much elaboration.

10%

The paper does not describe the chosen public opinion measure/does not include this section.

0%

2

The paper provides analysis of the four different variables in relation to the public opinion measure (including bivariate and multivariate graphs), and presents the information in some readable form (table is recommended, graphs are allowed but not required)

30%

The paper only briefly provides analysis of the four different variables, is missing some presentation of analyses, and/or doesn’t have information presented in readable form

15%

The paper does not include analysis of the four variables in relation to the public opinion variable.

0%

3

The paper thoughtfully and thoroughly situates findings from 2 and 3 within the context of broader public opinion research.

30%

The paper only briefly situates findings from 2 and 3 within the context of public opinion research

15%

The paper does not seek to connect the findings to research in public opinion

0%

4

Relevant citations and references are included both in-text and in a reference list

20%

The paper only includes citations to some of the ideas present in the text; i.e., the paper includes concepts that are not the author’s own without attribution

10%

The paper does not include in-text citations and/or references

0%