Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Political Science

First Advisor

Sue Ann Skipworth

Second Advisor

Miles T. Armaly

Third Advisor

John M. Bruce

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The purpose of this study is to explore Mississippians’ opinions towards the Mississippi state judiciary and further examine any differences in such opinions across race, gender, knowledge, and education levels. In doing so, it is possible to gain further understanding of the ways that historical context and knowledge influence perceptions of the state judiciary. Data collected from an anonymous survey of approximately 500 individuals shed some light on the perceptions Mississippians have towards the state judiciary. While many of the results were generalizable across various demographics, African Americans consistently held more negative views of their state judiciary than their White counterparts. Responses showed that race was the most important factor in understanding opinions of the Mississippi judiciary, while knowledge, gender, and education level proved to be less important.

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