Hyeon Seok (Tom) Yu
Email: tom.hs.yu@stanford.edu  Institution / Affiliation : Stanford GSB  EGAP member: No 

Brief 43: The Effect of Politicians’ Positions on Constituent Opinion in the United States

To test the ways in which politicians influence public opinion, the authors conduct two studies. The structures of the two studies are nearly identical. The authors partner with state legislators in a Midwestern state and identify contentious policy positions that they hold (support for tax increases or support for undocumented immigrants, for example). Next, they conduct interviews with a randomly selected sample of constituents to identify their opinions on these issues.

Ryan Cotter
Email: ryan.cotter@stonybrook.edu  Institution / Affiliation : SUNY Stony Brook  EGAP member: No 
Oliver A McClellan
Email: oam2112@columbia.edu  Institution / Affiliation : Columbia University  EGAP member: No 
Zachary Goldberg
Email: zgoldberg1@student.gsu.edu  Institution / Affiliation : Georgia State University  EGAP member: No 
William Hobbs
Email: w.hobbs@northeastern.edu  Institution / Affiliation : Northeastern University  EGAP member: No