Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
American Politics | Other Political Science | Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences
In American politics, elected officials often engage in transgressions that result in scandals. This thesis presents the results of an experiment testing how a politician's gender and the issuance or lack of an apology affect voters' evaluations of elected officials engrossed in a financial scandal. An experiment with 530 participants shows that politicians who apologize for financial misconduct are evaluated more favorably than politicians who do not apologize. In addition, the elected official's gender does not affect evaluations, and male candidates who apologized are not favored over women candidates who apologized. However, women respondents believed female candidates who did not apologize were tougher and more assertive in politics. This finding may suggest a shift in women's expectations of female candidate behavior.
Trainor, Julia, "The Effects of Gender and Apology on Evaluations of Political Misconduct" (2019). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 1107.
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