Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

The Faith Factor: The Role of Religion in the Voting Priorities of Latino Americans

Publication Date

Spring 4-21-2022


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of


Political Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Vaughn May

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Often times it is not one factor that leads to one result, but there are countless factors that go into why something happened. We cannot rule out anything that may have contributed to a result but we can look and find what were key factors in a result taking place. There were many different factors that led to the election of Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Some of said that trumps arrogant ways may have cost him the election but others will say that minority voting had a lot to do with it. One key demographic I think was important in deciding the 2020 election and will continue to be an important factor in future presidential elections in our country is the Hispanic vote. The Hispanic vote is a very diverse though and when you look at the different country this demographic is from it helps you better understand where the Hispanic vote will lean in years to come. With conflicting results across the country we get a better sense of how Hispanics vote in different parts of the country. The Hispanic vote is hard to make consensus of because of the vast amount of countries that are put into that category. These countries can range from Mexico to Central American countries to South American countries all having different cultures, but share the fact that they were colonized by Spain. One question I would I ask moving forward is does the religion of the Hispanic American voter play a part in who they voted for in the 2020 election?

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