A Portrait of Jewish Americans Chapter 6: There are more than twice as many self-identified Jewish liberals as conservatives, while among the general public, this balance is nearly reversed. In addition, about seven-in-ten Jews identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party. Jews are more supportive of President Barack Obama than are most other religious groups.
What Factors Shape Political Attitudes? The Bush clan shows that politics runs in the family. A common political culture by no means suggests that all Americans think alike. Some are conservative and tend to vote Republican. Some are liberal and tend to vote Democratic. Some have more negative attitudes toward public officials than do others.
These attitudes determine how Americans participate, whom they vote for, and what political parties they support. Many factors — including family, gender, religion, race and ethnicity, and region — all contribute to American political attitudes and behavior.
Family Despite family disagreements and generation gaps, children tend to grow up and vote the way their parents do. Families are generally the first, and often the most enduring, influence on young people's developing political opinions.
As people grow older, other influences crisscross the family, and naturally their attitudes tend to diverge from those of their parents. However, the influence still remains. Logically, the more politically active your family, the more likely you are to hold the same beliefs. Just look at the Bush family.
This relationship is less strong on specific issues — like school prayer, abortion, and welfare programs — but they all hold the same general political views.
Gender The Kennedys are one of America's most politically powerful families, claiming members at all levels of government. Political scientists have noticed some major shifts in gender influence since women first got the vote in Through the s women tended to vote for Republicans.
Even though more women voted for Franklin Roosevelt — a Democrat — than for his Republican opponents, they still supported him by smaller margins than did men. By the s, women began to shift their loyalty to the Democrats. In recent elections women have voted strongly Democratic.
Most observers believe that women think the Democrats more strongly support "women's issues," such as equal work, equal pay, and equal legal rights. Polls indicate that many issues about which women feel most strongly, such as education and health care, are more favorably addressed by the Democratic Party.
Does this voting behavior mean that women are likely to vote for female candidates for office? The evidence doesn't provide any clear evidence that they do. Religion Religious beliefs often sway the way people vote.
The Christian Coalition is a group that has over two million members and represents the view that "people of faith have a right and a responsibility to be involved in the world around them.
Catholics tend to be more liberal on economic issues such as minimum wage and taxes than they are on social issues such as abortion and divorce. More recent studies have focused on how affiliates of the "Religious Right" differ in their political attitudes and behavior from everyone else.
The religious right tends to support more conservative candidates for public office, and they are more likely to contribute to the Republican Party than to the Democratic Party. This tendency is more clearly associated with social issues such as school prayer, abortion, and divorce, than with economic issues or foreign affairs.
Race and Ethnicity As a general rule, for the past half-century African Americans have been the most loyal Democrats than any other identifiable group.
Some experts believe that this loyalty is weakening, but recent elections have confirmed the strong tendency for black Americans to vote Democratic.
Latinos as a whole have a tendency to vote Democratic, but the relationship is not as strong as it is for blacks. To further complicate matters, the various Latino groups have very different voting patterns. For example, Cuban Americans overall have a strong tendency to vote Republican, and Mexican Americans have an equally strong tendency to vote Democratic.
Some studies indicate that Asian Americans tend to vote conservative, but there is still a lack of concrete evidence to prove this. Region This map provides a statistical breakdown of the presidential election.
Party Identification Trends, Pew Research Center has been tracking the party affiliation of the general public for over 20 years. Click the buttons or scroll down to explore the party ID data for two dozen demographic subgroups, categorized by gender, . Title: Religion and Political Behavior in the United States: The Impact of Beliefs, Affiliations, and Commitment From to Created Date. As with their political affiliations, their religious tendencies constitute a rejection of God’s historic relationship with them, as described in The description of Judah’s idolatry also harks back to Jer , a verse that we examined above.
Note that Clinton did well on the coasts of the country, while Dole took most of the mid-west. As a general rule, people on either coast tend to be more liberal than those in the middle of the country.
However, there are many exceptions to this tendency. Many Californians are archconservatives, as are a number of New Englanders. The Southeast presents some special problems with the rule, partly because their political affiliations have been changing over the past fifty years or so.“ Images of God: The Effect of Personal Theologies on Moral Attitudes, Political Affiliation, and Religious Behavior.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 1: 2 – Barker, David C., and Bearce, David H.
Stanford scholar Shanto Iyengar finds that the strength of people’s attachment to their political parties surpasses affiliations with their own race, religion and other social categories.
The political liberalism and conservatism as well as the political affiliations of religious groups, leaders, and practices gives an extremely interesting new world to delve much thought into.
Particularly three types of religious affiliations are the topic of study in this case, the Christian belief system, the Islamic, and the Hindu traditions.
Church and state deals with the relationship of institutions that are structurally independent of each other. Religion and politics has to do with two spheres of activities in the life of the same persons.
Religion and its Effect on Political.
Party Affiliation. Introduction. America faces a unique dilemma when addressing the issue of religion in a political setting. Explore the affiliations, demographics, religious practices and political beliefs of each group using our interactive database.
Seven-in-ten U.S. Mormons identify with the Republican Party or say they lean toward the GOP, compared with 19% who identify as or lean Democratic – .