Date of Defense

Spring 4-18-2011


Political Science

First Advisor

Ashlyn Kuersten, Political Science

Second Advisor

Kevin Corder. Political Science

Third Advisor

Mark Hurwitz, Political Science


court decisions, Bush vs. Gore, Bush versus Gore


Conventional wisdom would have us believe that the Bush v. Gore (2000) decision marked a large change in public approval of the Supreme Court. To analyze this claim, a series of landmark cases for the years 2000-2010 will be reduced to a data set that will allow for the observation of specific variables and the roles each variable may play in determining the change in public opinion. From there, conclusions are made that substantively explicate the relations between the indicated relevant variables and the change in opinion. Ultimately, the Bush v. Gore decision is found to have not had the major effect on public approval that conventional wisdom would have us believe.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access