Marcus Braymer

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Throughout history, satirists have mocked politicians. However, in recent years politicians have involved themselves in satire, making appearances on shows like Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show. These appearances and the increasing interest in satire has led to one question, does satire affect the public opinion of politicians? In order to answer this question an experiment was designed by creating three original videos. The videos showed a fictional politician’s support of an issue, a satirist making fun of this politician, and the politician making an appearance with the satirist to make fun of himself. Participants watched these videos and answered a series of questions that were designed to gauge the politician’s likeability. Estimated results based on similar experiments are that these videos have no significant impact on the public opinion of the politician.

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