Religion and trends in euthanasia attitudes among U.S. adults, 1977-2004

Benjamin E. Moulton, Terrence D. Hill, Amy Burdette

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Though many studies address the role of religion in predicting social attitudes over time, none has examined this relationship specifically for euthanasia. Using a large, nationally representative data source, this study seeks to address this void. Our findings indicate that considerable differences exist among religious denominations regarding the legalization of euthanasia. Specifically, we note a liberalizing trend for all included denominations. We also demonstrate substantial differences in the rates of liberalization, particularly in comparison to conservative Protestants. We conclude with an assessment of our findings relative to previous studies on religion and public opinion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-272
Number of pages24
JournalSociological Forum
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Denomination
  • Euthanasia
  • Polarization
  • Trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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