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Religionís impact grows for wealthy white voters

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23 2012 6:00 a.m. MDT

It's no secret that religion and politics divide, particularly during presidential elections. However, a new study shows that this divide is even more prominent among upper-class white citizens.

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Our take: It's no secret that religion and politics divide, particularly during presidential elections. However, a new study shows that this divide is even more prominent among upper-class white citizens.

The study from the Cornell National Social Survey is at odds against the current debate surrounding the so called 'culture war.' The study found religion impacts voting trends among upper-class white voters the most from 1980 until 2008. The greatest swing was only limited to upper-class white voters, both religious and secular.

Futurity breaks down the study.

CORNELL (US) — Religions influence on voter choice intensified between the 1980 and 2008 elections, but only among upper-income white Protestants and Catholics, a new study shows.

Every four years, the differences between the US political parties are thrown into sharp relief, thanks to presidential elections.

For the study published in the Review of European Studies, researchers analyzed two large surveys of voter choice.

The General Social Survey is a nationally representative, repeat cross-section of American voters across eight presidential elections from Ronald Reagans win in 1980 to Barack Obamas in 2008, and the Cornell National Social Survey (CNSS) recovered identified presidential choice in 1,000 households for the 2008 election.

Read more about growing impact of religion among wealthy voters on Futurity.com.

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