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Religion The concept of the separation of church and state does not prevent religion from acting  as a force in American politics. Strongly held beliefs affect the stand individuals take on  issues such as public school prayer and state aid to private or parochial schools.  Religion can also determine attitudes on abortion and gay and lesbian rights,  irrespective of other factors. It is important to recognize, however, that the major  religious groups in the United States — Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish, as well as the  growing Islamic group — have their own liberal and conservative wings that frequently  oppose each other on political issues.  Region The region of the country a person lives in can affect political attitudes. The Southern 
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Unformatted text preview: states tend to support a strong defense policy, a preference reinforced by the presence of many military installations in the region. The South's traditional conservatism was recognized in Richard Nixon's so-called Southern strategy, which began the process of strengthening the Republican party in the region. Moreover, issues that are vital in one particular region generate little interest in others agricultural price supports in the Midwest or water rights and access to public lands in the West, for example. Questions about Social Security and Medicare have an added importance in the Sunbelt states with their high percentage of older adults....
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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