Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research



This study aimed to examine the differences between major political philosophies in the United States and whether these beliefs influence a person’s ethical views. This research was a non-experimental correlation design, using a survey methodology with adult participants. The participants were asked to complete the 39-item The Impact of Political Beliefs on Ethical Frameworks in Adults Survey. A Pearson’s r was conducted to determine the relationship between political beliefs and ethical frameworks. The results showed a slightly positive correlation that was statistically significant [r(166) = .28, p = .000]. Therefore, there was sufficient evidence to support the research hypothesis: there is a correlation between political beliefs and ethical frameworks. In other words, the study’s results show there is a relationship between a person’s political and ethical beliefs, and the former may influence the latter. Concerning ethical frameworks, the results showed that Republican Party members are Absolutists as they scored low on the Relativism scale and high on the Idealism scale. In contrast, Democratic Party members are Situationists who scored high on both Relativism and Idealism. A one-way ANOVA also showed a statistically significant difference among generational groups and their political belief (F(3,153) = 10.359, p < .001).