This study seeks to answer the following question: How do an individual’s religiosity, political-religious knowledge, and other factors affect their attitudes regarding the role religious institutions should have in government? I have drawn two hypotheses from this question; hypothesis 1 predicts an increase in religiosity results in an increase in support for religious institutions in government and hypothesis 2 predicts an increase in political-religious knowledge results in a decrease in support for religious institutions in government. I use Zaller’s Reception, Accept, and Sample (RAS) model to explain my hypotheses, which is a model of how individual’s use information to answer survey questions. Utilizing Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk) I distributed a survey and applied regression analysis to the collected data. Results of the data support hypothesis 1, therefore, an increase in religiosity leads to an increase in support for religious institutions in government. However, the data did not support hypothesis 2.
Wagers, Morgan, "The Lord's Place in Government: The Role of Religious Institutions in Government" (2018). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8128.
Religion, Religiosity, Public Opinion, Government
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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