Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
Many of the GOP primary candidates will be in DC this weekend, but not for a debate (I hear your sigh of relief. There have been a lot of those recently). They’re all speaking at the annual Values Voter Summit, a conservative conference with four major stated goals: to “limit government,” “champion traditional values,” “reduce spending,” and “protect America.” In addition to the seven major GOP candidates, speakers will include major social conservative icons like the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, former Attorney General Ed Meese, and the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown. It’s an important conservative event, so as you read coverage of the conference, take a look at the factsheet we compiled on the alignment of white evangelical Protestant and Tea Party value on key social issues. For example:
- Overlapping Identities: Nearly half (58%) of Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement also identify as a part of the religious right or Christian conservative movement. [Source: PRRI, American Values Survey, 2010]. Fully three-quarters (75%) of those who identify with the Tea Party movement describe themselves as “a Christian conservative.” [Source: PRRI, Pluralism, Immigration and Civic Integration Survey, 2011]
- Libertarianism: Despite conventional wisdom, only about one quarter (27%) of Americans who identify with the Tea Party consider themselves libertarians. [Source: PRRI, Pluralism, Immigration and Civic Integration Survey, 2011]
For more numbers on abortion, same-sex marriage, the death penalty, and the economic “earthquake,” and where the Tea Party and white evangelical Protestants fall on all of these issues, read over the factsheet.