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Presidential Appointments and Public Trust


Gary E. Hollibaugh Jr.


University of Notre Dame - Department of Political Science

September 15, 2014


Abstract:     
Despite their responsibility for federal policy implementation in the United States, little research has focused on how presidential nominees and appointees affect public opinion. This study offers the first systematic examination of this overlooked phenomenon. Using a survey with an embedded experimental manipulation, we find that perceived nominee competence is associated with increased trust in government in general, as well as individual nominees in particular, whereas perceptions of favoritism or patronage — characterized here as the nomination of campaign fundraisers — are associated with decreased levels of trust in the same. Notably, perceived nominee ideology has no perceptible effect on either trust in government or the nominees themselves.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 62

Keywords: presidency, appointments, trust, public opinion, mturk, survey experiments, experiments, online experiments

JEL Classification: D70, D72, D79

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Date posted: March 7, 2014 ; Last revised: September 16, 2014

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Hollibaugh, Gary E., Presidential Appointments and Public Trust (September 15, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2405202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2405202

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Gary Edward Hollibaugh Jr. (Contact Author)
University of Notre Dame - Department of Political Science ( email )
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.garyhollibaugh.com
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