*Direct correspondence to Carin Robinson, Georgetown University, Department of Government, Ste. 681 ICC, O and 37th Sts. NW, Washington, DC 20057-1034 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉. A version of this article was delivered at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2–5, 2004. Data and coding information are available from the author for the purpose of replication. Data are from the National Election Studies, Center for Political Studies, University of Michigan. Electronic resources from the NES World Wide Web site 〈http://www.umich.edu/~nes〉. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Center for Political Studies [producer and distributor], 1995–2000. These materials are based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. SBR-9707741, SBR-9317631, SES-9209410, SES-9009379, SES-8808361, SES-8341310, SES-8207580, and SOC77-08885. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation. Additional data are from the Religion and Politics Survey, 2000. The survey is part of the larger Public Role of Mainline Protestantism Project, which is coordinated through Princeton University's Survey Research Center, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The author thanks Clyde Wilcox, participants of a 2004 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting panel on race and religion, and anonymous reviewers of this journal for useful comments and suggestions on previous drafts of this article.
From Every Tribe and Nation? Blacks and the Christian Right*
Article first published online: 3 AUG 2006
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 87, Issue 3, pages 591–601, September 2006
How to Cite
Robinson, C. (2006), From Every Tribe and Nation? Blacks and the Christian Right. Social Science Quarterly, 87: 591–601. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2006.00398.x
- Issue published online: 3 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 3 AUG 2006
Objectives. The Christian Right is predominantly made up of white evangelicals but in recent years, the movement has attempted to include African Americans in social policy initiatives. This article examines support for the Christian Right from African Americans.
Methods. The article is based on an analysis of data from the 1996 and 2000 National Election Studies and data from the Religion and Politics Survey, 2000.
Results. The study finds that social conservatism does not predict support for the Christian Right from blacks like it does for whites but that evangelical affiliation predicts support from both groups. Black women are more likely to support the organization than are black men.
Conclusions. The insignificant effect of social conservatism on blacks' attitudes toward the Christian Right raises questions as to how the movement can best appeal to this minority group. At the very least, the Christian Right does not appear to have solidified support from African Americans on the basis of shared convictions related to abortion and gay rights. Support for the Christian Right from African Americans remains difficult to measure and largely unpredictable.