White evangelical Christians in the United States are a population that plays a vital role in political influence. Data supports the assertion that a significant number of white evangelicals in America harbor negative attitudes toward immigrants, refugees, or the perceived “other.” A contradiction then arises between the political attitudes of white evangelicals toward migrant groups and the main tenants of the faith that evangelicals so firmly proclaim, such as compassion, justice, and love. This thesis will specifically seek to answer the question what explains white evangelical attitudes toward immigrants and refugees? This research utilizes a cross tab analysis consisting of data from the Pew Research Center to support the hypothesis that the stronger a white evangelical identifies with their white identity, the more likely they are to oppose immigrants and refugees. This research contributes new findings to the existing literature on white evangelical political behavior by arguing that the very faith they so strongly proclaim directly contradicts their political attitudes. Rather than letting love, compassion, and the teachings of Jesus motivate their political views, the data reveals that racial perspectives represent a much stronger predictor.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2019


Kerem Ozan Kalkan

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Government and Economics

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level




Department Name when Degree Awarded

Government and Economics