Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2017

Capstone Advisor

Shana Kushner Gadarian

Honors Reader

Christopher Faricy

Capstone Major

Political Science

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component

no

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

yes

Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Health Psychology | Political Science

Abstract

The following paper examines how value-based considerations for social welfare policy opinion are affected by changes in the race of the program recipient. I propose a new model to understand social welfare policy opinion called the interactive model—where instrinsic considerations are tempered by extrinsic considerations. Through an original survey experiment, I find that humanitarianism and economic individualism do not have significant effects on social welfare policy opinion. However, egalitarianism is found to have a strong impact. When the race of the program recipient is changed from white to African-American, the impact of egalitarianism increases for views of Medicare. When the race of the program recipient is changed from white to African-American, the impact of egalitarianism decreases to zero for views of Medicaid. These results suggest that many Americans have flexible values that are influenced by outside factors when considering public policy.

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