Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


It has been known in recent years, that there is a connection between political party choice, and the importance of the environment to their members. However, this correlation may only be skin deep. The objective of this research is to delve into the specific correlations between the importance of the environment to the voter, and their gender, religion, and propensity to joining New Social Movements (NSM’s). With environmentalism becoming a strong topic in candidate and voter discussions today, studies are being done to see what the audiences are backing environmentalism, and promoting its integration into modern American society. Therefore studies are being carried out to see what demographics will be more likely to back the green movement. Some recent studies have concentrated on the relationship between environmental concern and value orientation, or the correlation between environmental concern and membership of other NSM’s. However, it is the goal of this research to give a succinct analysis of the factors of the demographics of the above groups. This research paper will draw conclusions on the correlations between gender, religion, and voter propensity to joining New Social Movements, which will explain their chance on joining in on environmentalism, tying into the above studies mentioned. This research is conducted using the American National Election Studies data of 2012. The testing on this data is showing that there are statistically significant correlations of the above topics with environmentalism, which tie back into the ideology of the respondent.


Presented at the Spring 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.