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The President has the ability to shape the country’s future and significantly impact the lives of each citizen. Although he needs the help of congress to achieve many things, we still recognize that the President himself can have a major impact on the country. The purpose of this research is to examine whether or not the IPFW students want our Presidents to fail based on their belief that the President is intentionally not doing what is in the best interest of our country. In this context, “to fail” would represent a historically low approval rating coupled by the inability to fulfill major campaign promises. I also examine whether students who hold the opposite political affiliation will be more likely to want the President to fail than those of his own party. To test these hypothesis, data is gathered from approximately 800 undergraduate students using survey questionnaires. Descriptive and multivariate analyses will be completed by February 16, 2018. I predict that these analyses will find that those students who believe the President is doing what he believes is best for the country will also want him to succeed. Similarly, findings may support the hypothesis that those who hold the same political affiliation as the President will be significantly more likely to want the President to succeed.
Watterson, David, "Do People Want our President to Fail?—A Multivariate Approach of Perceptions, Intent, and Affiliation" (2018). 2018 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium. 4.