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The New Evangelical Social Engagement$
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Brian Steensland and Philip Goff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199329533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329533.001.0001

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New and Old Evangelical Public Engagement

New and Old Evangelical Public Engagement

A View from the Polls

(p.129) 6 New and Old Evangelical Public Engagement
The New Evangelical Social Engagement

John C. Green

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the basis in public opinion for an expanded public engagement by Evangelical Protestants, including the “old” activism on traditional morality and “new” activism on the environment, foreign policy, and social welfare programs. First, it describes the views of Evangelicals on issues central to the new and old activism. Second, it identifies some important combinations of new and old issue positions in the Evangelical public. And third, it reviews the role of demography, religion, and politics in distinguishing these groups of Evangelicals from one another. This description finds that the Evangelical public had a combination of liberal and conservative views on issues central to the new and old activism. For example, Evangelicals had on balance supported environmental regulation and strongly opposed abortion. These issue positions cluster into four groups within the Evangelical public: “progressives,” “centrists,” “populists,” and “conservatives.” Each of these groups has a distinctive profile of social status, religion, and politics. These patterns reveal the basis for expanded public engagement at present and in the future.

Keywords:   Evangelicals, Public opinion, Politics, Voting, Social engagement, Populism, Environment, Social welfare

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