Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
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Despite growing movements in the United States toward equal rights for the gay community in the areas of employment, marriage, and housing, there persists a significant underrepresentation of the gay community in elected office. This study used an innovative survey method to examine a sample of college students to discern whether or not this negative bias persists among younger voters. If, in fact, younger voters differ from older voters, this could have vital implications for the electability of gay candidates, and force policy changes towards a more accepting society for non-heterosexual Americans generally.
Gillingham, Emily, "From the closet to the campaign trail: Homosexuality and elections" (2012). Senior Honors Theses & Projects. 317.