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The Disappearing God Gap?: Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election
     

The Disappearing God Gap?: Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election

by Corwin Smidt, Kevin den Dulk, Bryan Froehle, James Penning, Stephen Monsma
 

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ISBN-10: 0199734712

ISBN-13: 9780199734719

Pub. Date: 02/08/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Pollsters and pundits have argued for some time that there is a "God gap" in American politics, with church-attending traditionalists aligning against believers and nonbelievers with modern sensibilities. But recently some commentators have suggested that the gap is closing and may even disappear. Following the election of Barack Obama, there was little discussion

Overview

Pollsters and pundits have argued for some time that there is a "God gap" in American politics, with church-attending traditionalists aligning against believers and nonbelievers with modern sensibilities. But recently some commentators have suggested that the gap is closing and may even disappear. Following the election of Barack Obama, there was little discussion of religion-suggesting that religious factors had played little, if any, role in his election. Yet the campaign was full of religious stories, from John McCain's reconciliation with the leaders of the Christian right, to the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, to Sarah Palin's appeal to religious conservations.

In this book, a team of scholars puts the disappearing "God gap" argument to the test by examining the role of religion in the historic 2008 presidential election. They take the long view, placing the election in historical context and looking at the campaigns from the primaries all the way through to Election Day. At the heart of their analysis is a national survey they conducted, in which voters were interviewed in the spring of 2008 and the re-interviewed after the election. The Disappearing God Gap? reveals that the role of religion in American presidential elections is hardly disappearing-it continues to structure vote choices, and it will likely continue to do so-but that the "God gap" may be slowly changing, in some astonishing ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199734719
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/08/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 Religion and Presidential Campaigns in Perspective 18

2 Religion and the Political Landscape in 2008 42

3 Religion and the 2008 Presidential Primaries 72

4 Religion and the Summer Interlude 107

5 Religion and the Fall Campaign 134

6 Religion and Election Day: Voter Mobilization in 2008 164

7 Religion and Election Day: Voting Patters 191

8 The God Gap Revisited 221

Notes 234

References 248

Index 272

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