Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. John Clark
Dr. Emily Hauptmann
Dr. Peter Wielhouwer
Masters Thesis-Campus Only
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.
Janssen, Scott, "The Generational Impact of American Catholic Attitudes on Public Policy Issues" (2010). Masters Theses. 370.