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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 publication analyzes options used to mobilize non secular conservatives and examines the vote casting habit of various teams, together with evangelicals, African-Americans, and the understudied non secular left.

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The GOP made bigger gains among other of its constituencies. qxd 3/26/07 10:41 AM Page 29 HOW THE FAITHFUL VOTED 29 Table 2-5. 5 Constituencies Change 2004–1992 Source: National Survey of Religion and Politics, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron. 1992 (N = 2,265); 1996 (N = 2,350); 2000 (N = 3,000); 2004 (N = 2,730). increased by some 30 percentage points and their overall turnout inched up as well. ) Another Republican success story was Latino Protestants, who exhibited a dramatic increase in both turnout and the GOP vote over the period, with the biggest gains on both counts occurring between 2000 and 2004.

Turnout among the unaffiliated was relatively low. Low turnout also characterized some religious minorities, but others, such as Jews, voted at very high rates. By itself, table 2-2 presents something of a challenge to the conventional wisdom on religion and politics: it shows that both the Republicans and the Democrats had strong religious constituencies in 2004. More important, this arrangement facilitates a discussion of the complex connections between religious communities and the presidential vote.

E. SMIDT, AND J. L. GUTH their ballots. Turnout varied substantially among these groups. More than 75 percent of traditionalist mainliners voted (much like traditionalist Catholics), but the other two groups, especially Latino Protestants, lagged behind the national figures. 8 percent of the adult population in 2004. Swing Constituencies The next five categories were, in political parlance, “swing groups,” in which the candidates won by small margins. Three went for Bush: modernist and nominal evangelicals and centrist Catholics.

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