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Assignment #4 (Orig) - Heffernan 1 Kevin Heffernan Aaron...

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Kevin Heffernan Aaron Sparks Political Science 15: 1:00 PM Section 10 March 2016 Introduction Party identification has been an important piece of American politics since its inception. Party I.D. has its basis in ideologies that are constantly changing. It is important to always keep an updated focus on what is affecting the dissimilarities between the two parties. Specific research on all issues and how they attract or deter individuals really helps politicians and people understand why they align a certain way whether it be Republican, Democrat, or Independent. The other parties do not have enough support from the people to be considered a factor. In the last decade focus on illicit drug usage, specifically marijuana, has become an unavoidable issue. The fight for legalization both for medical and recreational use is an issue many states have had to confront. Nearly half of states have legalized medical usage, and a few states such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon and a few others have legalized recreational use as well. With the increase in fight for legalization, I believe that these pressing issues are affecting individuals in what party that they turn toward which is the basis of this research analysis. Theory Has this been studied in depth in the past? This comparison between Party I.D. drug usage and as a whole because drug usage is more recently becoming an important factor overall in political legislation and discussion. Heffernan 1
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X1(Race) Not identifying as “white” makes individuals less likely to be members of the Republican party than those who do identify as “white”. X2(Income) Individuals in income brackets lower than 40,000 dollars are less likely to be a members of the Republican party than individuals who make above 40,000 dollars. X3(Drug Usage) Individuals who use drugs are less likely than those who do not use drugs to be members of the Republican Party. Path Diagram X1(Race) X1: Race X2: Income X3: Drug Usage Party Identification 1c 1b 3b 2a 3a 2b 1a Heffernan 2
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1A) Being a race other than “white” has a direct negative effect on Income because those who are not white are more often discriminated against which hinders their upward mobility in some jobs thereby reducing income. 1B) Being a race other than “white” has a positive indirect effect on drug usage because lower income individuals are more likely to participate in drugs because they are less emotionally fulfilled and therefore look for other outlets one of which is drugs. 1C) Being a race other than “white” is a deterrent from being a member of the Republican party because the Republican party is already dominated by individuals who identify as “white” which other races feel will not understand their needs and wants from a political standpoint, and therefore turn elsewhere.
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