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The Disappearing God Gap? Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election by Corwin E. Smidt, Kevin den Dulk, Bryan Froehle, James Penning
  

The Disappearing God Gap? Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election

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The Disappearing God Gap? Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election by Corwin E. Smidt, Kevin den Dulk, Bryan Froehle, James Penning

After the reelection of George W. Bush in 2004, the God Gap became a hotly debated political issue. Religious voters were seen as the key to Bush's victory, and Democrats began scrambling to reach out to them. Four years later, however, with the economy in a tailspin on election day, religion barely seemed to register on people's radar screens. In this book, a team of well-regarded scholars digs deeper to examine the role religion played in the 2008 campaign. They take a long view, placing the election in historical context and looking at the campaign as a whole, from the primaries through all the way through election day. At the heart of their analysis is data gleaned from a national survey conducted by the authors, in which voters were interviewed in the spring of 2008 and then re-interviewed after the election.

Reviews

A must-read for anyone who is interested in religion's continuing and changing role in electoral politics in the United States. * Sociology of Religion * This fine new book offers a thorough and timely analysis of the role of religion in the 2008 presidential election. It also contextualizes religion's role in this history-making election, illustrating in many ways that the more things change, the more they truly do stay the same: religious traditionalists remained solidly Republican despite increased efforts on the part of the Democrats to reach out to people of faith. This book will be of interest to anyone interested in religion and politics political parties, or elections in the United States. * Laura R. Olson, Professor of Political Science, Clemson University * A valuable addition to our understanding of religion's role in American politics broadly, not just the 2008 presidential election. * Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion *


About the Author

CS: Executive Director of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, Calvin College; KdD: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, and Faculty Fellow, Honors College, Grand Valley State University; DK: Professor of Political Science and Interim Director of the Center forSocial Research, Calvin College; SM: Research Fellow, Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics,Calvin College and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Pepperdine University; JP: Professor of Political Science, Calvin College

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Publication date

1st February 2010

Author

Corwin E. Smidt, Kevin den Dulk, Bryan Froehle, James Penning

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Publisher

Oxford University Press Inc

Format

Hardback
288 pages

Categories


Sociology
Elections & referenda

ISBN

9780199734719

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