USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

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Thesis Director: Christopher Meindl, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences


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The Republican and Democratic parties have long had different agendas, and I want to see if there is any evidence to suggest that Republicans are less supportive of environmental issues while Democrats are more supportive of environmental issues.1 There are many environmental issues, but I am interested in organic food consumption, recycling and solar energy. This research contains a literature review of these environmental subjects, a review of the two major political party platforms, an online survey of more than 100 USFSP students, and an analysis of the survey results. The most important finding is that there is no relationship among students who said they are moderate republican, conservative democrat, liberal, or independent and their perspective on environmental issues. At a macro and micro level, all students show support for consumption or organic food, recycling plastic/metal/glass and usage of solar energy.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

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