Religion and American Public Opinion

J. Matthew Wilson

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195326529
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Religion and American Public Opinion

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This article discusses the interaction of the religious faith of the Americans and their economic policy attitudes. It provides a historical perspective of American Protestantism and the economy, followed by a discussion of the contemporary evangelical and mainline attitudes toward economic policy. It discusses American Catholicism and economic liberalism, and studies the attitudes of economic policy among minority religious traditions. The article ends with several suggestions for future research agendas.

Keywords: religious faith; economic policy; attitudes; American Protestantism; economy; economic liberalism; American Catholicism; minority religious traditions

Article.  12200 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Issues and Debates ; Religious Studies

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