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Attitudinal Profile of the 1976 Hawaii State Legislature: Liberalism vs Conservatism

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Title: Attitudinal Profile of the 1976 Hawaii State Legislature: Liberalism vs Conservatism
Authors: Dang, Margaret
Advisor: Meredith, Connie
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: One of the most popularized ideas among behavioral political scientists is the concept of the "political man" (Basu, 1968). Depending on socio-economic status, formation of norms, and role allocation in interpersonal relations, man possesses a more or less organized set of beliefs and attitudes which provide the basis for his political decisions (Basu; Yellig & Wearing, 1974). Several studies however, have produced contradictory results with regards to this notion. Among them, McClosky (1958) argues that only a few of the polity are ideological in their thinking. Such people, he contends, are frequently found among the political elite, i.e., the well-informed and highly involved members of the political sphere. This paper will attempt to examine the political elite in Hawaii by focusing upon one aspect of political ideology, that of the liberalism- conservatism domain. The subjects for this study were the Senators and Representatives of the Hawaii State Legislature. The purpose of the study was to ascertain the political orientations of the legislators. Does the political elite in Hawaii tend toward the liberal end of the continuum, or toward the conservative end? Are there any differences between the Democrats and the Republicans? Between the Senate and the House? What are some of the major demographic characteristics which might influence an individual's political attitudes, if any?
Pages/Duration: vi, 85 pages
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