Religion's Role in Political Identification

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Bozentka, Krzysztof Michael
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Gary Adler, Thesis Supervisor
  • Stacy Silver, Honors Advisor
  • Final Submission
Today, the political parties are more polarized than ever. Political ideologies have dominated people's decision-making process and attitudinal development. This divide of the left and right on the political spectrum only adds to the lack of legislation, which we see on issues such as immigration where there is only debate and little action. A person siding with their political party is similar to that of wearing a team jersey. People aren't likely to side against their team. Religion is similar in group structure. For my research, I am asking whether religiosity can affect a person's political stance. My hypothesis is that Catholic Republicans with high religiosity will be more open to amnesty for undocumented immigrants. I conducted an Ordinal Regression analysis using variables from the General Social Survey. As a complement to this, I conducted four interviews of students from Penn State. The goal of both was to see if religiously active Catholic Republicans can be affected by religious teachings when it comes to making policy decisions. My findings are more of a reinforcement for the previous research. People side with their party, which is the dominant form of influence for policy preference.