Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 11-29-2023

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Ann Gordon


As the father of Western logic, Aristotle's research of the scientific method of analysis, biology, and psychology has been adopted by present-day America. If America has openly accepted an array of Aristotle's teachings, why have they ignored his observations that political parties are non-Democratic?

This research explores the relationship between political party affiliation, sentiment toward the government, and media influence on fear of corrupt government officials. Firstly, this paper examines the idea that sentiments toward the government are influenced by partisan affiliation. Secondly, it determines that after the 2020 election, Republicans fear corrupt government officials more than any other major political party (Republicans, Democrats, and Independents). Finally, the paper investigates the relationship between Republican media as a driving force for fear of corrupt government officials.

Using Chapman Universitys Survey of American Fears: Wave 7 and 9, political parties' sentiments of fear are measured throughout different election cycles. The American National Election Studies is used to measure trust/distrust in the government. Chapman Universitys Survey of American Fears: Wave 9 is used again to show Republican levels of fear in comparison to Democratic and Independent feelings. In addition, Chapman Universitys Survey of American Fears: Wave 9 is also used to explain how Republican media incites fear of the government.


Presented at the Fall 2023 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.