So you know how I am constantly carping about how the Christian Right is always telling women what to do with their bodies?
It's from a new book called Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, co-written by Marc. J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler.
(I added the boldface.)
Hetherington and Weiler expand and update the authoritarian literature by applying it to contemporary controversies. For example, what they measure and define as "maximum authoritarian" types show much lower support for gay marriage and gay adoption (19 percent, 28 percent) than do "minimum authoritarians" (71 percent, 89 percent). Maximums are three times more likely than minimums to support the government use of wiretaps without a warrant in the war on terror (60 percent to 19 percent), and four times more likely to say it is unacceptable to criticize the president about fighting terrorism (33 percent to 8 percent).
And what do authoritarians look like? The table above--which I have reproduced from Table 3.2 (p. 39) of their book--shows average levels of authoritarianism by descriptive characteristics that, taken together, produce a composite image: rural, southern, under-educated, evangelical Protestant churchgoers. Is it any wonder that when George W. Bush was down to his bottom 30 percent of public support during his second term so much of that support derived from people fitting this profile?
These are also, you betcha, the folks who love Sarah Palin and who get their Onward Christian Soldier marching orders from Fox News. Anti-gay rights, anti-feminism, anti-choice, etc.
Most important, they are not a uniquely US demographic.
Their counterparts can be found throughout Canada, especially in those areas which sent Conservative MPs to Ottawa.
Which gives me an excuse to repost Pale's video.