A Matter of Faith: Religion and the 2004 Presidential Election

A Matter of Faith: Religion and the 2004 Presidential Election

by David E. Campbell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815713274

ISBN-13: 9780815713272

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

Overview

"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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815713272
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. The 2004 Election: A Matter of Faith?

PART ONE. The Big Picture

2. How the Faithful Voted: Religious Communities and the Presidential
Vote

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
2004 Election

PART FIVE. Conclusion

14. From Event to Theory: A Summary Analysis

References

Contributors

Index

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