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From Politics to the PewsHow Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity$
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Michele F. Margolis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226555645

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226555812.001.0001

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The Religious Sort

The Religious Sort

(p.189) Nine The Religious Sort
From Politics to the Pews

Michele F. Margolis

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 9 concludes by discussing the implications of the book’s main findings. First, the chapter considers how politically driven religious sorting has fundamentally transformed American politics and how politicians mobilize support. The Republican Party can directly target voters who are likely responsive to religious rhetoric and faith-based politics through churches and religious organizations. Democrats, in contrast, increasingly spend their Sundays outside of church and are less interested in religious justifications for public policies. Second, the chapter addresses how the findings change our understanding of identity politics more generally. Identities do not form in a vacuum but rather develop and change over time in response to outside influences. In light of these findings, scholars may have previously overestimated social group's influence on public opinion. The chapter concludes by offering avenues of future research in light of the book's main insights.

Keywords:   religion and politics, partisanship, political psychology, socialization, identity, polarization, public opinion

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