Title

The voting propensity of Hong Kong Christians : individual disposition, church influence, and the China factor

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Publication Date

9-1-2000

Volume

39

Issue

3

First Page

297

Last Page

306

Abstract

Considering the People's Republic of China's history of unfavorable treatment of mainland Chinese Christians, it is hypothesized that Christians in Hong Kong reflected their concern over the future protection of religious freedom during the 1995 Legislative Council election, the last election before the handover of the British colony to Chinese sovereignty. Examined are the relative contributions of individual disposition, the China factor, & church influence on the presence of Hong Kong Christians at the polling booth on election day. Questionnaire & telephone interview data from churchgoing Catholics & Protestants & the general public (total N = 5,915) indicate that Hong Kong Christians are subjected more to the influence of the latter two factors. The influence of socioeconomic status is relatively unimportant in determining the voting propensity of Hong Kong Christians. While both Catholics & Protestants are influenced by general church teachings, results reveal that Catholic voters are more subject to their church's organizational mobilization than are Protestant voters. 1 Table, 41 References. Adapted from the source document.

DOI

10.1111/0021-8294.00025

Print ISSN

00218294

E-ISSN

14685906

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2000 The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Recommended Citation

Chan, C.-p., & Leung, B. (2000). The voting propensity of Hong Kong Christians: Individual disposition, church influence, and the China factor. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 39(3), 297-306. doi: 10.1111/0021-8294.00025