Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science


Schreckhise, William D

Committee Member/Reader

Maranto, Robert A

Committee Member/Second Reader

Song, Geoboo

Committee Member/Third Reader

Hare, Laurence


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.