A Matter of Faith: Religion and the 2004 Presidential Electionby David E. Campbell
Pub. Date: 05/28/2007
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
"Moral values" dominated the postelection headlines in 2004. Analysts pointed to exit polls, strong turnout among evangelicals, and controversy over gay marriage as evidence that the election had been decided along religious lines. But other experts were quick to dispute this claim, arguing that views on more traditional issues such as the economy and the war in Iraq… See more details below
"Moral values" dominated the postelection headlines in 2004. Analysts pointed to exit polls, strong turnout among evangelicals, and controversy over gay marriage as evidence that the election had been decided along religious lines. But other experts were quick to dispute this claim, arguing that views on more traditional issues such as the economy and the war in Iraq had carried the day.
A Matter of Faith goes beyond the headlines to assess the role religion played in the 2004 election and explore its significance for future contests. The contributors evaluate the claim that moral values were decisive by examining the religious affiliations of ordinary voters and party elites. They also analyze the strategies used to mobilize religious conservatives, such as micro-targeting, and they examine the voting behavior of a broad range of groups, including evangelicals, African Americans, and the understudied religious left. This rich perspective on faith and politics is essential reading on a critical aspect of American politics.
Contributors: John C. Green (University of Akron and Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life), James L. Guth (Furman University), D. Sunshine Hillygus (Harvard University), Laura S. Hussey (University of Baltimore), John S. Jackson (Southern Illinois University, emeritus), Scot Keeter (Pew Research Center for the People and the Press), Lyman A. Kellstedt (Wheaton College, emeritus), Geoffrey C. Layman (University of Maryland - College Park), David L. Leal (University of Texas - Austin), David C. Leege (Notre Dame, emeritus), Eric L. McDaniel (University of Texas - Austin), J. Quin Monson (Brigham Young University), Barbara Norrander (Universityof Arizona), Jan Norrander (University of Minnesota), J. Baxter Oliphant (Brigham Young University), Corwin E. Smidt (Calvin College), and J. Matthew Wilson (Southern Methodist University).
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
1. The 2004 Election: A Matter of Faith?
PART ONE. The Big Picture
2. How the Faithful Voted: Religious Communities and the Presidential
3. Faithful Divides: Party Elites and Religion
PART TWO: The Moral Values Election?
4. Moral Values: Media, Voters, and Candidate Strategy
5. Evangelicals and Moral Values
PART THREE. Mobilizing the Faithful
6. Microtargeting and the Instrumental Mobilization
7. The Case of Bush's Reelection: Did Gay Marriage Do It?
8. Stem Cell Research
PART FOUR. Religious Constituencies
9. The Changing Catholic Voter: Comparing Responses to John Kennedy in
1960 and John Kerry in 2004
10. George W. Bush and the Evangelicals: Religious Commitment and
Partisan Change among Evangelical Protestants, 1960
11. Latinos and Religion
12. The Black Church: Maintaining Old Coalitions
13. A Gentle Stream or a "River Glorious"? The Religious Left in the
PART FIVE. Conclusion
14. From Event to Theory: A Summary Analysis
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