Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2019

Department 1

Political Science


Politics is an ever-growing part of American culture and, as a result, party identification has become an integral part of many Americans’ identity. Party affiliation largely impacts the values of different individuals. Using the 2012 National Election Survey, I evaluate the influence of party identification on what is seen as more valuable traits in children. Specifically, I focus on the preference of obedience over self-reliance and independence over respect. I find that in a comparison of individuals, when controlled for race, the opinions across non-white respondents of different political identifications are indistinguishable. Additionally, I find that among white respondents, those that identify as republicans favor obedience and independence at higher rates than respondents that identify as democrats. Future research should address the impact of race on political polarization.


Written for Pol 215: Methods of Political Science