Tending the Flock: Latino Religious Commitments and Political Preferences


Valenzuela, Ali Adam. “Tending the Flock: Latino Religious Commitments and Political Preferences”. Political Research Quarterly (2014). Web.



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This study investigates the direction and extent to which religious belonging and regular church attendance are related to distinct political preferences among U.S. Latinos. The key question is whether Latino churchgoers are more committed than infrequent attenders to liberal policy views and the Democratic Party, or whether Latino religious commitments are related to conservative policy views and Republican Party support. Findings indicate that Latino Protestants are more likely to hold conservative views, while Latino Catholics—the vast majority of religious Latinos—are more likely to hold liberal views, or show no political differences, if they attend church regularly.
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