Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department of Politics and Government: Political Science
The Trump administration has recently established a rule that will prohibit abortion services providers from receiving Title X funds for the non-abortion family planning services they provide. Little public opinion research has focused on family planning and reproductive health topics outside of abortion. I find statistically significant experimental evidence that increasing perceptions of local need for a local reproductive health clinic caused subjects to be more supportive of federal reproductive health funding for local clinics. I did not find statistically significant correlational evidence that objective measures of poor reproductive health at the county level influence public opinion on federal reproductive health funding. Using geographic information systems (GIS), I assess which communities are most at risk of being negatively impacted by poor reproductive health if they were to have a misalignment of perceived need for such services.
Brunk, Kate, "Beyond the Sentimental Cliche: How Local Communities Impact Residents and Shape Public Opinion" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 1115.