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Improving Public Opinion SurveysInterdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies$
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John H. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151458

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151458.001.0001

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In Search of a Religious Left

In Search of a Religious Left

Reexamining Religiosity

(p.278) Chapter 16 In Search of a Religious Left
Improving Public Opinion Surveys

Stephen T. Mockabee

Kenneth D. Wald

David C. Leege

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes several new religiosity items. While standard survey measures of religiosity typically are associated with right-leaning political orientations, this chapter argues that these measures are incapable of capturing the communitarian dimension of religiosity that may hold more meaning for liberal citizens. The 2006 ANES Pilot Study included questions to assess both the individualistic and communitarian elements of religiosity. Consistent with this chapter's expectations, these two dimensions of religiosity are distinct, exhibiting opposite relationships to partisan identification. The chapter's analyses further demonstrate that the two dimensions of religiosity have distinct, and substantial, influences on social policy attitudes and vote choice.

Keywords:   religion, religious left, religiosity, individualistic elements, communitarian elements, partisan identification, social policy attitudes, vote choice

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