Moral Power: How Public Opinion on Culture War Issues Shapes Partisan Predispositions and Religious Orientations

  title={Moral Power: How Public Opinion on Culture War Issues Shapes Partisan Predispositions and Religious Orientations},
  author={Paul N. Goren and Christopher B. Chapp},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={110 - 128}
Party-driven and religion-driven models of opinion change posit that individuals revise their positions on culture war issues to ensure consonance with political and religious predispositions. By contrast, models of issue-driven change propose that public opinion on cultural controversies lead people to revise their partisan and religious orientations. Using data from four panel studies covering the period 1992–2012, we pit the party- and religion-based theories of opinion change against the… 

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