Abstract

This thesis investigates the influence of anxiety on citizen’s beliefs in conspiracy theories. Scholars believe that citizens rely on misinformation while voting, harming the democratic process. I argue that anxiety plays a significant role in a citizen’s life causing them to endorse conspiracy theories. I believe when a citizen has higher levels of anxiety they are more likely to endorse a conspiracy theory. I discovered that people induced with higher levels of anxiety were as likely as those who were not treated with anxiety to endorse conspiracy. Further analysis shows a potential relationship in conspiracy endorsement in education and gender.

Advisor

van Doorn, Bas

Department

Political Science

Disciplines

American Politics | Other Political Science

Publication Date

2017

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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