Political Ideology and Religious Preference: The John Birch Society and the Americans for Democratic Action

This study examines the religious preferences, regions of residence, and social-class positions of two groups of political ideologues--members of the John Birch Society and the Americans for Democratic Action. It is shown that Birchers, in contrast to ADAers, are likely to live in the South or the W...

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Published in:Journal for the scientific study of religion
Authors: Grupp, Fred W. ; Newman, William M. 1943-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Wiley-Blackwell [1973]
In: Journal for the scientific study of religion
Year: 1973, Volume: 12, Issue: 4, Pages: 401-413
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:This study examines the religious preferences, regions of residence, and social-class positions of two groups of political ideologues--members of the John Birch Society and the Americans for Democratic Action. It is shown that Birchers, in contrast to ADAers, are likely to live in the South or the West and to belong to theologically orthodox Christian denominations. ADAers are more likely to live in the East or Midwest and to be Jews, Liberal Protestants, or to have no religious preference. Birchers tend to have lower social-class positions than ADAers. Multiple Classification Analysis reveals that these three variables--religion, region, and class--explain 59 percent of the variance in political organization membership, and that religious preference alone accounts for half of the explained variance.
ISSN:1468-5906
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal for the scientific study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.2307/1385045