Date of Award

12-2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. John Clark

Second Advisor

Dr. Emily Hauptmann

Third Advisor

Dr. Peter Wielhouwer

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine whether the attitudes of American Catholics on public policy issues are influenced by generation. Previous research had shown generation influenced the attitudes of American Catholics toward church hierarchy, and this study attempted to see whether those attitudes carried over into the realm of public policy.

The data employed for this study come from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), and the analysis used cross-tabulations and bivariate measures of association. This study finds the generational impact of American Catholic attitudes on public policy issues to be minimal when compared to other potential factors such as political partisanship, ethnicity and church attendance.

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