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.
van Doorn, Bas
Herman, Michael J., "Tin Foil Hats and Anxious Politics: The impact of Anxiety on Conspiracy Theory Endorsement" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7805.
American Politics | Other Political Science
Conspiracy Theories, Voter Behavior, Anxiety, Political Psychology
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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