Date of Award

Spring 2021

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts


Political Science


Donald Davison

Committee Member

Philip Kozel

Committee Member

Julia Maskivker


The decade preceding 2020 has brought into question the political rationality of the average American voter, as it seems many individuals may vote against what is best for themselves. This begs a simple question, are American voters voting in their won rational self-interest, this project looks into a myriad of theories on voter rationality and the processes behind how voters may calculate or come to their voter decisions in an election in order to answer these questions. Then using the 2012 Cooperative Congressional Election Survey creates a method to analyze whether a specific group within the US is voting rationally, that group being the working class.

Rights Holder

Asael Rex Marvel