The Effects of Religious Separatism on White Protestants in the 1984 Presidential Election

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A distinction is made between fundamentalists and evangelicals, based upon attitudes of religious separatism. While the two groups do not differ in terms of partisanship or voting behavior, there appear to exist important differences in the issue attitudes of the two groups. While both groups seem likely to embrace personally conservative positions on the moral issues, the data analyzed here suggest that fundamentalists are significantly more likely to translate personal values into demands for the legal enforcement of these values. However, the results of this study suggest the possibility that evangelicals were somewhat more likely than fundamentalists to use moral or social issues as criteria for presidential vote choice in 1984.


American Politics | Political Science | Religion