Mark A. Smith is professor of Political Science and an adjunct professor of Comparative Religion and Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on economic and religious groups, ideas, and influences in American politics. In his new book, Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics, Dr. Smith argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is and is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them.
In the latest installment of “Faith Complex by the Numbers,” PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox discusses Republicans’ performance among Hispanic Americans in the 2012 election. As Mr. Cox observes, Latinos are not a single-issue constituency, and their strong support for Democrats last November may indicate the need for a new outreach strategy from Republicans. Watch the video below: