American Religion and Support for the Use of Torture
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Overview: We examine the foundations of American support for the use of torture on suspected terrorists, focusing primarily on American religious traditions and beliefs, contrasting these factors with the role of individual values. Abstract: In this paper, we assess how American religious traditions, beliefs, and behaviors affect support for the use of torture on suspected terrorists. We contrast the role of these factors with controls for threat and authoritarian values. Data are primarily drawn from the 2008 American National Election Studies (ANES) survey. We discuss the implications of the findings for prevailing theories of American religious influence on public opinion, as well as theories of individual values and polarization of American public opinion.
70th Annual MPSA Conference
Kilburn, Howard W. and Fogarty, Brian J., "American Religion and Support for the Use of Torture" (2011). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 384.