Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Population Density and Political Party Identification

Publication Date



Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of


Political Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Nathan Griffith

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


This paper examines the causal relationship that geography instills between population density and political party identification in the United States. An overwhelming amount of research contributed by political scientists has lacked the impact that population density may have on political party identification. Additionally, research alike measures values specifically within rural and urban determined districts and does not explicitly account for suburban areas. By categorizing those two variables, there is a critical piece missing from this area as a whole. This test aims to close this gap by measuring values on a continuum rather than in two polar categories. It is expected that population density will influence political party identification.

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