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A Complex Religion Approach to the Differing Impact of Education on Black and White Religious Group Members’ Political Views

Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Religions 2020, 11(9), 477;
Received: 6 August 2020 / Revised: 8 September 2020 / Accepted: 14 September 2020 / Published: 19 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Complexity of Religious Inequality)
This paper examines the interaction of education for both Blacks and Whites in all major religious groups on four key political issues: Abortion, gay marriage, feelings toward redistribution, and political party identification. We find that for most Blacks, race is the most salient factor across all four political dimensions; whereas there is significant variation by religion and education for Whites, there is very little difference for Blacks. As previous research has noted, Blacks are generally more conservative on gay marriage and Blacks are generally positive about redistribution, much more so than most Whites regardless of education and religion. We find education is more liberating to Whites than Blacks. The only issue for which education has significant effects for Blacks is abortion, but even in this case, unlike for Whites, there are not large religious differences among Blacks. This study corroborates previous research that abortion and gay marriage are less politically central to Blacks, who at all education levels are more likely to be Democrat than the most Democrat identified Whites. View Full-Text
Keywords: race; religion; education; politics race; religion; education; politics
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pilgrim, H.; Shen, W.; Wilde, M. A Complex Religion Approach to the Differing Impact of Education on Black and White Religious Group Members’ Political Views. Religions 2020, 11, 477.

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