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AbstractThe last few decades have shown increased polarization within the United States political sphere. The hampered ability of political institutions to enact legislation due to a failure to cooperate has led to greater political violence, decreasing support for the government, and increasing anti-democratic rhetoric. I aim, with the aid of Dr. Weber, to explore the reasoning behind these disturbing changes and seek solutions. After reviewing the subject of polarization and voting in political science, I propose that it is the authoritarian attitudes of voters that are driving the negative outcomes. Through the use of 2020 election data and analysis models, I show that this is correlated, though not to the extent I expected. Lastly, I discuss future prospects of research and possible solutions to our political woes.
Degree ProgramPolitical Science