Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-10-2017

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. John Compton


Abortion has long been considered one of the most controversial topics the United States Supreme Court has ruled on. My research examines how one’s opinion on abortion impacts their view of the United States Supreme Court. This analysis will show how much of an impact one policy stance has on the public’s overall view of a much larger institution. To analyze my question, I will utilize American National Election Studies Time Series data from the years 1976, 1988, and 2016. These years will allow me to study the role abortion plays in crafting opinion of the court before the politicization of and at the height of pro-life activism. I hypothesize that being pro-life will cause a more negative view of the Court and the strength of this correlation will decrease when abortion is less of a political issue. Utilizing regressions and controlling for variables such as ideology and political knowledge, I will analyze if there is a relationship between one’s abortion views and their feelings towards the Supreme Court.


Presented at the Spring 2017 Student Research Day at Chapman University.