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Religious Observance, Political Attitudes and Racial/Ethnic Identity in American Politics


Ali A. Valenzuela


Stanford University - Department of Political Science


Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper

Abstract:     
Recent research on White Americans finds an emerging political divide between individuals with orthodox religious views who worship regularly, regardless of religious tradition, and those with less orthodox beliefs who seldom worship. Existing scholarship does not examine a possible traditionalist-modernist divide among minorities. This paper examines whether daily prayer, church messages and activities, or beliefs about the Bible exert a direct effect on Latino, Black and Arab American party attachments, propensity to engage in politics, or sense of ethnic/racial group consciousness beyond any effects of religious tradition Answers will shed light on whether growth in religiosity among minorities could lead to increasing conservatism and engagement in politics, or to stronger ethnic attachments and greater Democratic support. I aim to clarify these issues using the 2008 American National Election Studies' (ANES) Time Series, which contains over-samples of Latino and African American respondents that enable multiethnic comparisons, the 2000 Tomás Rivera Policy Institute study of Hispanic Churches in American Public Life (HCAPL), the 2004 National Politics Study (NPS) and the 2003 Detroit Arab American Study (DAAS).

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Date posted: March 29, 2010  

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Valenzuela, Ali A., Religious Observance, Political Attitudes and Racial/Ethnic Identity in American Politics. Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1581041

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Ali A. Valenzuela (Contact Author)
Stanford University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
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