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”.