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Politics and Government


Dr. Kerri Milita

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Politics and Government


Americans have widely different perceptions about corruption in government. In this study, I examine how an individual’s political interest affects how severe they perceive government corruption to be. I propose that political interest has a non-linear relationship with beliefs about corruption. At the low end of political interest, individuals are unlikely to engage with news media coverage of corruption. On the other end, at high levels of political interest, individuals are unlikely to have any major change in perceptions of corruption based on media coverage. Those with moderate level interest may be most susceptible to media and campaign rhetoric related to corruption, and should be more likely to have cynical feelings about government.

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