Stukenberg, John

Senior, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Major: Political Science

Minor: History

Honors Course: HON 301: Junior Seminar in Multiculturalism

Faculty: Jason Schneider, Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse

Abstract: : This paper explores the relationship between elite framing and public opinion on immigration in the US, arguing that the increasingly disparate frames used by politicians from the two major parties while discussing immigration has exacerbated political polarization in the electorate. It begins by establishing the heightening partisan division between voters on immigration issues by referencing survey data before tracing the impact of the rise of Donald Trump on the divergence between how Democratic and Republican officials discuss immigration. Framing theory is introduced as a means of understanding how the rhetoric used by political elites can shape voter perceptions and beliefs on immigration. Finally, the implications of the framing of immigration on political strategy and the health of democracy are discussed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s