Religiosity and Political Participation


Religiosity and Political Participation




Religiosity can be described as the extent to which an individual is committed to their values, beliefs, and practices of, or related to, their faith. A person’s religiosity can impact many aspects of daily life, including their identity and attitudes towards politics. The relationship between religion and politics has been the focus of much research, with many studies examining the relationship between religiosity and political affiliation, or the political party with which a person most identifies. Data from the 2018 midterm elections (Pew, 2018) found that the candidate a person voted for was largely influenced by their religious affiliation, such that more religious people, in general, were more likely to vote for Republican candidates while less religious people were more likely to vote for Democratic candidates. Recently, however, studies have shifted their attention to the association between religiosity and politically-related civic engagement. While previous research finds that religiosity impacts who a person votes for, it does not speak to whether voting in elections, in general, differs by a person's religiosity. The current research seeks to contribute to this line of research by focusing on the extent to which an individual’s religiosity is associated with their political behavior, specifically whether they register to vote and whether they vote (if eligible and registered).

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Independent Research

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Erin Marie O'Mara

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Presenters: George Joseph Bommer, Claudia Nicole Dominique, Bea Mercedes Santos

Religiosity and Political Participation