Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

COVID-19 and Politcal Entrenchment

Publication Date

Spring 3-31-2022


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of


Political Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Nathan Griffith

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Abstract; COVID-19 and Political Entrenchment

COVID-19 has brought a pandemic of immense social, economic, and political changes. Few times throughout history does a disease plague the enter world at once. How the pandemic was to be handled on both an insitutional and individual level inevitably fell into a political issue. The purpose of this research study is to ascertain the degree to which COVID-19 has affected individual and institutional political biases. The thesis is that the pandemic will have indeed entrenched people further into political beliefs. Furthermore, I hypothesize this is the result of not only a political divide but an individualist vs collectivist mentality. The data to test is collected from counties in Colorado, including voting records, issue interest, COVID-19 cases/deaths per capita, and masking attitudes.

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