Catholic voting, polarization, Catholic polarization, religion and politics, Catholic civic engagement, American Catholicism


Polarization among American Catholics has been a subject of both scholarly and media attention. Using a nationally representative survey of over 1500 Catholics, the first part of this article explores the extent to which race, gender, generation, and commitment to Catholicism shape polarization among Catholics; these different characteristics affect Catholics’ political and civic beliefs and practices to varying degrees. The second part of the article parses Catholics into their political party groupings – Democrat, Republican, and Independent – to determine the ways party affiliation affects Catholics’ understanding of non-political religious beliefs and practices. The analysis reveals that political divisions are evident among some of the Catholic subgroupings, but that theological unity nevertheless prevails across party lines.


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How to Cite

Day, M. K. (2023). POLARIZATION? IDENTIFYING WHAT DIVIDES AND UNITES AMERICAN CATHOLICS. Politics and Religion Journal, 17(2), 251–275. https://doi.org/10.54561/prj1702251d