Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2022

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. John Compton


This study explores the ways in which the religious beliefs of individuals influence their opinion on immigration and immigration related policy. While seemingly separate topics, the two are interwoven through variables such as party affiliation, education level, and age. Previous studies show a clear correlation between frequent attendance of religious services and positive views on immigration and related policies. This topic has yet to be explored in depth and with reference to frequency of religious attendance. Using ANES data, my goal with this research is to determine if a strong attachment to religion affects public opinion of immigration policy and immigrants themselves. Understanding the connection between the two will provide more substantial understanding as to why some immigration policies receive negative public opinion while others thrive. Identifying the source of public immigration opinions is beneficial to the understanding and improvement of the immigration system in the United States.


Presented at the Fall 2022 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.