Two political science majors win Cal Poly Pomona Student Research Conference
The Cal Poly Pomona Student Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference (CPP Student RSCA Conference) is an annual event that provides an opportunity for our undergraduate and graduate students to share their original research, scholarly and creative activities. All disciplines are represented – this is an opportunity to see CPP students at their best. Students who participate in this conference have the opportunity to be selected to represent CPP at the annual CSU-wide research competition.
This year, two of our majors, Ashling Kelly and Daniel Raad, presented their senior thesis projects and were selected as winners of the 2017 Student RSCA Conference.
Ashling Kelly, Do Fact Checks Matter? An assessment on the impact of fact-checking in “post-truth” politics
In the 2016 Presidential election, mistruths, half-truths, and conspiracy theories went mainstream like never before. At the same time, fact-checking has exploded onto the mainstream with more than 30 distinct fact-checking organizations taking shape since 2010. However, in spite of the ubiquity of fact-checking, the falsehoods live on. We know that politicians have continued telling lies and voters keep believing them. Using survey results that examine advertisements from the 2012 Presidential election, this thesis seeks to examine the effectiveness of fact-checking in impacting voter perception, but also examine its limitations. The thesis also suggests ways that fact-checking approaches can be shifted to better influence politicians to be more honest.
Daniel Raad: Do Social Networks Mirror the Ideals of a Deliberative Democracy?