Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


Nate Wheatley


Many studies have quantified the effect of religious affiliation on abortion-related issues. However, reading the “statements of principles” for many religious denominations, it is clear these bodies have positions on issues other than abortion. This paper attempts to tease out any influence affiliation might have on voting behavior in Congress when dealing with some “other” issues on which major faiths still have an expressed interest (i.e. political stance). Using a binary logistic regression, it is found that affiliation’s effects are inconsistent. In some cases, affiliation is insignificant, but in others affiliation is significant.