Political Knowledge and Religious Channels of Socialization in Latin America

A couple of years ago, I wrote this piece about political sophistication and religion in Latin American settings. Hope you find it interesting.

“I consider how religion relates to what Latin Americans know about politics. Using data from the 2010 AmericasBarometer, I assess the effects of two components of religion: belonging, and behaving. Overall I find little difference in political knowledge across Christian dominations and in comparison to the non-religious. Attendance of religious services is related to lower levels of political knowledge, though this relationship reverses itself among Mainline Protestants. In a previous report in the Insights series I showed that religious identification is related to higher levels of identification with political parties; this report, however, suggest the possibility that religion may not always boost political engagement and understanding”.

Full text available here: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lapop/insights/I0855en.pdf

About Alejandro Diaz Dominguez

Professor, School of Government at Tecnológico de Monterrey. PhD in Political Science at Vanderbilt University. [religion and politics, R, surveys, electoral management bodies] Twitter: @alejdiazd https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3856-5686 View all posts by Alejandro Diaz Dominguez

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