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God save America : how religiousness, trust and conservatism affect Covid-19 policy compliance in U.S. countries and states

Szameitat, V. (2021) God save America : how religiousness, trust and conservatism affect Covid-19 policy compliance in U.S. countries and states.

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Abstract:The Coronavirus has hit the world in early 2020. And while some states battle the spread of the virus successfully, others, such as the US, are underperforming in their fight with countless infections and deaths. Recent studies have hinted at the influence of religiousness on non-compliance regarding Corona policies. The current study aims at exploring the relation between religiousness in US states and counties and policy compliance. Based on this aim the following research question is answered: In how far can conservative values and trust in the government explain the negative relationship between religiousness and Covid-19 policy compliance in American states and counties? The study collects data from different sources, combines them into two coherent datasets, and analyzes them with multiple regression analysis. The findings imply that especially evangelicalism correlates with higher mobility, lower mask-wearing numbers, and fewer people staying at home. Other ideological characteristics, such as conservatism and trust in state institutions, play a role as well. The study concludes that it is not religiousness in general that is having an impact but rather a combination of behaving and believing that is especially predominant in the evangelical groups.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86814
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