Presidential Appointments and Public Trust

Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 46, Issue 3, pp. 618-639, 2016

96 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2014 Last revised: 25 Aug 2016

Gary E. Hollibaugh Jr.

University of Notre Dame - Department of Political Science

Date Written: 2016

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 the administration in general and the 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 the administration or the nominees themselves.

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

JEL Classification: D70, D72, D79

Suggested Citation

Hollibaugh, Gary E., Presidential Appointments and Public Trust (2016). Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 46, Issue 3, pp. 618-639, 2016 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2405202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2405202

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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