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Effects of Gender, Religiosity, and Partianship on Support for the Supreme Court's Decision in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007)

Title: The Effects of Gender, Religiosity, and Partianship on Support for the Supreme Court's Decision in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007).
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Name(s): Hofheimer, Alison, author
Political Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This research investigates the effects of gender, religiosity, and partisanship on the public"s support for Gonzales v. Carhart (2007). This Supreme Court decision upheld Congress"s 2003 Partial Birth Abortion ban, effectively prohibiting women from seeking and doctors from performing this specific type of abortion procedure. The Court broke from precedent in a dramatic and controversial way because it was the first time in history that the Court upheld a restriction on abortion that contained no exception for the health of the mother. Data was obtained from a NBC and Wall Street Journal 2007 survey, which asked respondents if they favored the Court"s ruling in Gonzales. There were two versions of the question each of which was asked to half of the respondents. The first version of the question is referred to in this paper as the nondescript version because it contained no information beyond asking respondents if they favored the Court"s ruling. The second version is referred to as the informative version because its question stem contained several important considerations which are likely to have impacted respondents" answers. This research found that religiosity and partisanship have important effects on public opinion on partial birth abortion, with people who attend church more frequently and people who identify themselves as Republicans favoring the Court"s decision more. The results for gender were inconclusive. Keywords:
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0019 (IID)
Keywords: Gonzales v. Carhart, Public opinion, Partial birth abortion
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Political Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: April 13, 2011.
Subject(s): Political science
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0019
Restrictions on Access: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Hofheimer, A. (2011). The Effects of Gender, Religiosity, and Partianship on Support for the Supreme Court's Decision in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007). Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0019