Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
This project serves to answer the following research questions: What drives attitudes toward the restoration of felon voting rights? To what extent does racial resentment influence these attitudes? What other factors influence these attitudes? There has been a lot of scholarly activity looking at support for attitudes towards the restoration of felons’ voting rights. Research shows that racial stereotypes, racial resentment, and social contact to felons and Blacks (contact theory) offer explanation for why others support or oppose the restoration of felons’ voting rights. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the relative strength of each of these different schools of thought. We find that stereotypes and contact theory match those of prior research, but cannot confirm past research on resentment with this sample.