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The Mood of America in the 1980s: Some Further Observations on Sociomoral Issues

John H. Simpson
Sociology of Religion
Vol. 55, No. 3, The Rapture of Politics: The Christian Right as the United States Approaches the Year 2000 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 291-305
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3712055
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

The entry of the New Christian Right into the American political arena in the 1980s provoked a number of scholarly controversies including a debate about the orientation of Americans to politicized sociomoral issues. Following a review of the debate, a typology of political arenas is proposed. The typology generalizes Converse's (1964) analysis of belief systems in mass publics. The hypothesis that the American political arena in the 1980s contained one of the types, a quasi-ideological politics of sociomoral issues, is tested with data from the 1980 and 1988 General Social Surveys. The hypothesis is not rejected.

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