By David E. Campbell
Examines the non secular affiliations of citizens and celebration elites and evaluates the declare that ethical values have been decisive in 2004. This ebook analyzes options used to mobilize non secular conservatives and examines the balloting habit of a number teams, together with evangelicals, African-Americans, and the understudied non secular left.
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Here turnout varied as well: Latino Catholics and seculars voted at a relatively low level while nominal mainline Protestants voted at a very high rate, about 76 percent. 7 percent of the adult population in 2004 (about 12 percentage points larger than the Bush counterpart groups). The final four religious communities in the table were Kerry’s strongest supporters, voting Democratic at a rate of more than 73 percent. qxd 3/26/07 10:41 AM Page 25 HOW THE FAITHFUL VOTED 25 Protestants. Jews reported the highest turnout rate overall (which may be a bit exaggerated by the small number of cases); the other groups turned out at the national level, except for black Protestants, who voted at a significantly lower rate.
These largely opposite trajectories for evangelical and mainline Protestants may well be related. The consolidation of evangelicals in the Republican coalition may have had the effect of pushing away mainline Protestants, once the religious mainstay of the GOP. While that pattern may have something to do with “moral values,” such values would not explain the Republican drift of 14. American Enterprise Institute (2001); Green (2004c). qxd 3/26/07 10:41 AM Page 31 HOW THE FAITHFUL VOTED 31 modernist and nominal evangelicals in 2000 or the Democratic shift of traditionalist mainliners in 2004.
Qxd 38 3/26/07 10:42 AM Page 38 JOHN C. GREEN AND JOHN S. JACKSON reflect a culture war raging in the public or instigate such “wars” themselves in their bid for power. Second, the disputants agree that religious communities are important to the values divide, whether in terms of bitter sectarian rivalries focused on sexual morals or religious coalitions concerned with an expanded issue agenda. These points of agreement provide fertile ground for investigating party elites and religion in 2004.
A Matter of Faith: Religion in the 2004 Presidential Election by David E. Campbell