Church attendance in western democracies has declined; yet, a new University of Missouri study shows religious beliefs still influence people at the polls.
Chris Raymond, a graduate instructor of political science in the MU College of Arts and Science, said that many political experts consider voters around the world as “floating without party loyalties,” and that religion does not influence voters. Raymond’s new study says religion still has a large impact on how people vote and helps define many of the platforms represented in the party system.
In the study, Raymond compared church attendance to other categories such as income, union membership and education and found that religion still matters for a sizable number of voters. By comparing the findings of the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, Raymond discovered that even as the countries had different degrees of religious attendance, the religious beliefs still had a high level of influence. Read more