A Level Politics: Social Conservatives- Your Questions Answered

If the term Social Conservatives does not ring a bell, the term that Social Conservatives are sometimes otherwise referred to, The Christian/Religious Right might be more familiar to you… or the other way round. If neither of these terms are making much sense to you, they are, basically, a group of people (and also a faction in the U.S Republican Party) who advocate the preservation of what are seen as ‘traditional’ values. They generally have more a more profoundly Conservative political ideology, and are more deeply Conservative in terms of their outlook on Social Policies, seen in their opposition to abortion and stem-cell research, among other issues. Today, I thought I would answer some of the frequently asked questions about Social Conservatives for you all, whether you are a student studying about them for your A Levels, or just want to learn more. This little Q & A should give you some perspective on their aims and values 🙂

Important Note: Social Conservatives are a group of people. As with many groups, you cannot say that all members share the same ideologies or values- this depends on many factors. When I write about Social Conservatives, I mean the group generally. It’s good to keep this in mind not only when you read this article, but also when you read and write about other groups.

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If you want to read the full The Atlantic article about Samuel Alito, you can find it at: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/none-to-the-right-of-samuel-alito/431946/

Do you have any more questions about Social Conservatives? Ask away! Simply send your question via the comments section, which you’ll find below 🙂



  1. Hi, nice article! I have to do this as a homework essay. I’ve been trying to search for examples of social cobservatives but can’t find it :/ Do you know any? Thanks


    1. Hi Tom, thanks for your kind words 🙂 According to James Farney, in Social Conservatives and Party Politics in Canada and the United States, examples of Social Conservative politicians would be Jesse Helms and Orrin Hatch. I hope that helps 🙂 Good luck with your essay!


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