Gauging the God Gap: Religion and Voting in US Presidential Elections

John C. Green

in The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199235476
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Gauging the God Gap: Religion and Voting in US Presidential Elections

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Worship attendance is typically understood as a measure of religious commitment. The relevance of the attendance gaps can be easily illustrated for the 2004 presidential election. The attendance gaps appeared to have increased in size toward the end of the twentieth century. Three strands of the literature help explain how worship attendance can be politicized: through religious traditions, religious beliefs, and religious engagement. These three strands are discussed separately. The God gap suggests new avenues of future research on religion and politics.

Keywords: US presidential elections; religion; voting; worship; religious traditions; religious beliefs; religious engagement

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Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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