Matthew Michael Austin, Rosalie Ann Hopkins, Jacob M. Mantle, Matthew S. Ostermueller


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process. Course: SSC 200



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The topic of study is to examine the relationship between religion and politics in the United States from a sociological, anthropological, and psychological perspective. More specifically, the three major groups studied were Christianity, Islam, and unaffiliated to see what their positions were on the different political ideas in the United States. Previous research has indicated that there is a strong relationship between religion and politics, and, in most cases, most peoples’ religious beliefs influence the ways in which they vote and the political ideologies they possess. This literature review examined the ways in which this relationship has changed in today’s volatile political climate. Several studies used methods including surveys, implicit association tests, and immersion to collect solid data to inform our research. The findings were as expected--religion is a major determining factor in the way people vote. However, the differences come when different religions are contrasted with each other (e.g., Catholicism and Islam) and we are able to see how their different beliefs lead them to take on different political beliefs.

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Course Project

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Laura M. Leming

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Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

Religion's Influence on Political Behavior in the U.S.