Date of Graduation

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Political Science

Advisor

Schreckhise, William D

Reader

Maranto, Robert A

Second Reader

Song, Geoboo

Third Reader

Hare, Laurence

Abstract

To what extent is individual opposition to public health regulations consistent across different types of regulations across the public sphere? Does a person’ policy stance vary depending on the issue at hand? Do other determinants have a measureable influence? In order to answer these questions, data were collected via a web-based survey completed by 284 undergraduate students at the University of Arkansas. Respondents were asked about their concerns regarding public health issues such as smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, as well as obesity, alcohol abuse, and seatbelt usage. The findings are that individual opposition to public health regulations can be consistent depending upon certain determinants, including personal behavior, perception of liberty, public health consciousness, and risk perception.

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