Title

Evangelical Protestants and Political Trust

Degree Year

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Politics

Advisor(s)

Harlan Wilson
Michael Parkin

Keywords

Evangelicals, Political trust, Trust in the government

Abstract

Evangelicals in the U.S. tend to support candidates who advocate for a minimal government and significant downsizing, if not elimination, of the welfare state. This phenomenon may be the result of certain components in an Evangelical worldview. Though evangelicals in the U.S. may have higher interpersonal trust, they distrust the government more than non-evangelicals. This research will explore political theories that discuss the political functions of Protestantism and apply such analyses to contemporary American evangelicals. National Election Survey 2004 will empirically qualify some claims in my theoretical discussion.

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