Dealigned or Still Salient? Religious-Secular Divisions in Chilean Presidential Elections

Christopher D. Raymond

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With countries like Chile facing secularisation, some research predicts religious‐secular cleavages will ‘dealign’, while other research suggests these cleavages will persist so long as religious‐secular divisions are reflected among presidential candidates. Using surveys of first‐round voting intentions in the five most recent presidential elections in Chile, the analysis shows that religious‐secular divisions in voting appear when candidates are divided clearly along religious‐secular lines (and not when divisions among candidates are blurred). These findings suggest researchers need to account for the impact candidates' positions have on the appearance of religious‐secular divisions before declaring that dealignment has occurred.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Early online date27 May 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 27 May 2020


  • Chile
  • elections
  • religion
  • religious-secular cleavage
  • social cleavages
  • voting behaviour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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