2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Homeschoolers: Are They Unique Voters?
Jessica R. Poet
Dr. John Quinn and Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this research is to determine differences between homeschooled (HS) and non-homeschooled (NHS) individuals with regard to their political views. Do homeschoolers have a unique voting pattern? A convenience sample of HS and NHS in Northeast Missouri completed an author-designed political survey. Chi-square analysis revealed that HS would vote significantly different from NHS on 20 of the 25 issues (80%). To test group homogeneity, the pattern of HS voting was compared to that of NHS. On 16 of the 25 issues, HS voted alike on 90% of them. On no issue did non-homeschoolers vote alike 85% or more. This research suggests that HS vote significantly more homogenously and significantly different from NHS. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that homeschooled individuals have a unique voting pattern.

Keywords: homeschooler, non-homeschooler, voting patterns, homogenously, Northeast Missouri

Topic(s):Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 52-3
Location: OP 2115
Time: 3:15

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