Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-10-2017

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Christine Ann Gordon


Did a member of Senate filibuster a bill because of an influential billionaire behind the scenes? As politics continue to play a huge part in everyone’s daily lives, whether we realize it or not, the general public’s fears of the government continue to grow stronger. Whether it is trepidation that the government is filled with corrupt, yet highly influential officials, or that regular civilians lack privacy due to drone usage by governmental agencies; the general public has genuinely started to fear the government.

According to Chapman’s Survey of American Fears, about 60.5% of those who participated in the survey, were either afraid or very afraid of corrupt government officials. Income is a huge factor related to whether or not the general public is more likely to be afraid of corrupt government officials; the rich compared to the poor. This brings up the larger question of distrust towards the government. If those who are wealthy are less likely to be apprehensive towards the government compared to the poor, what does this mean for the future of our democracy? The present study examines which factors are influential towards the general public’s distrust and fear of the government, specifically, corrupt government officials.


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

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