Martin, James G. (James Gilbert), 1926-1999||Suchner, Robert W., 1944-||Burchard, Waldo W.
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Leadership and Educational Policy Studies
Thesis. The basic thesis of this study was that John F. Kenned's religious affiliation resulted in a net gain for him in the electoral vote and a net loss in the popular vote. Procedure. Evidence from popular, religious, and scholarly publications was gathered to give a variety of viewpoints and attitudes on the religious issue. The pre-election polls, official election returns, post-election polls, and their analysis by professional public opinion researchers were surveyed. A local study on voting patterns in selected wards in the city of Chicago was also conducted to substantiate the findings of the professionals. Conclusions. Not since 1928, has the religion of one of the candidates been as important a factor in the outcome of a Presidential Election ae it was in I960. From the survey of the professional public opinion researcher’s studies and from the local study of selected wards in the city of Chicago, it can be concluded that John F. Kennedy's religious affiliation did, in fact, help him win the election. He won the election because he carried those states with large Catholic populations and large electoral counts. In these states it was the Catholic vote that was the difference between winning and losing. And Catholic voters shifted their vote sharply from preceding elections in favor of Kennedy. However, it is also apparent that, on a national basis, he lost more popular votes than he gained.
Hoffman, Gene L., "An investigation of the role of religion in the 1960 presidential election" (1962). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1396.
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