Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Mulligan, Ken


In political science there has always been an interest in the factors that affect the approval ratings of politicians, particularly the president. However, more recently that interest has been extended to the governors of the fifty states. This thesis explores that very question by focusing on the economy. Economic conditions for thirty-one different states were analyzed for three years covering the recent recession. The analysis revealed that traditional economic factors may not play as big a role in determining approval ratings as what was previously thought.




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