Whitney Piper

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A research study sought to understand the relationship between international experience, ethnocentricity, and voting behavior. Contact hypothesis and ethnocentricity were studied as a means to explain the willingness to vote for a candidate of an African-American race. Fifty college students from the University of Portland consisted of the sample. The results of the study found that there is no significant relationship between ethnocentricity and willingness to vote for the candidate, yet there was an inversely related relationship between international experience and voting behavior. Limitations and future research for this study are also discussed.

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