Presentation Title

The Effects Of Education, Religiosity, And Political Identity On Attitudes Towards Immigration

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

April 2020

Major Field of Study

Psychology

Second Major

Graphic Design

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Afshin Gharib, PhD

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Previous research has shown that religiosity, education level, and political identity all affect attitudes towards immigration. Previous research on religiosity showed that non- and highly religious people were less likely to report negative feelings toward immigrants compared to moderately religious people (Piumatti, 2018). Research showed that in areas where people had higher levels of education, they reacted positively to the presence of immigrants (Bilodeau, 2011). In this study, correlations between education levels, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religiosity will be studied determining what factors shape an individual’s attitude towards immigration. Participants will consist of about thirty college students, ten college graduates, and twenty individuals who have not attended university found through social media. All volunteers will fill out an anonymous online questionnaire, based on the attitudes towards immigration survey (Danso, Sedlovskaya, & Suanda, 2007), and the Measure of Religiosity (Friese, &Wanke, 2014). Additional questions about what college major volunteers are, socioeconomic status, and other demographics will be asked. A vignette of a person's experience going through an immigration detainment center will be presented followed by a few questions to gauge their attitudes. It is hypothesized that individuals with a higher education level will have more positive attitudes towards immigration. Individuals with higher religiosity will have more negative attitudes towards immigration. Individuals who identify as more conservitive will have more negative attitudes towards immigration. I am also predicting that student’s majors will affect their attitudes. More liberal majors such as art will be for immigration, while more business students will be against immigration.

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This presentation was accepted for the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference at Dominican University of California. The Conference was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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The Effects Of Education, Religiosity, And Political Identity On Attitudes Towards Immigration

Previous research has shown that religiosity, education level, and political identity all affect attitudes towards immigration. Previous research on religiosity showed that non- and highly religious people were less likely to report negative feelings toward immigrants compared to moderately religious people (Piumatti, 2018). Research showed that in areas where people had higher levels of education, they reacted positively to the presence of immigrants (Bilodeau, 2011). In this study, correlations between education levels, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religiosity will be studied determining what factors shape an individual’s attitude towards immigration. Participants will consist of about thirty college students, ten college graduates, and twenty individuals who have not attended university found through social media. All volunteers will fill out an anonymous online questionnaire, based on the attitudes towards immigration survey (Danso, Sedlovskaya, & Suanda, 2007), and the Measure of Religiosity (Friese, &Wanke, 2014). Additional questions about what college major volunteers are, socioeconomic status, and other demographics will be asked. A vignette of a person's experience going through an immigration detainment center will be presented followed by a few questions to gauge their attitudes. It is hypothesized that individuals with a higher education level will have more positive attitudes towards immigration. Individuals with higher religiosity will have more negative attitudes towards immigration. Individuals who identify as more conservitive will have more negative attitudes towards immigration. I am also predicting that student’s majors will affect their attitudes. More liberal majors such as art will be for immigration, while more business students will be against immigration.