Date of Award

5-1-2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. William Boone

Second Advisor

Dr. Fragano Ledgister

Third Advisor

Dr. Hasan Crockett

Abstract

This research specifically examined the attitudes of blacks in the eastern region of Texas on a number of political issues and analyzed the correlation between black political attitudes and self-ideological identification. The researcher found that the relationship and association that exists between self-identified ideological identification and political attitudes on a number of issues is weak and generally insignificant. The research showed clearly that although the respondents overwhelming affiliated themselves with the Democratic Party, their views on a number of political issues spanned the ideological spectrum. The conclusions drawn from the findings suggest that although the African American respondents continue to identify in mass with the Democratic Party one cannot assume that their views consistently reflect a liberal agenda. Additionally, other factors like regional and historical context may impact the views and ideology of the respondents to an extent that was unable to be uncovered by this study.

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