By David E. Campbell

Examines the spiritual affiliations of citizens and celebration elites and evaluates the declare that ethical values have been decisive in 2004. This ebook analyzes suggestions used to mobilize non secular conservatives and examines the balloting habit of more than a few teams, together with evangelicals, African-Americans, and the understudied spiritual left.

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Catholics were the third-largest group, with a bit under 25 percent of the total. Black Protestants and those in the Other Christians group each accounted for about 5 percent of the Republican delegates. 2 percent), and those in the Liberal Faiths and Other Non-Christians groups (less than one-half of 1 percent each). These affiliation profiles reveal both historical patterns and recent trends. On the first count, the strength of Catholic Democrats and mainline Protestant Republicans reflects the dominant roles these religious traditions played in party coalitions in the New Deal era.

That favored Bush are at the top and those that backed Kerry are at the bottom, with the closely divided groups at the middle of the table. As a point of reference, the overall two-party vote and turnout is located in the middle of the table. In addition, the overall figures for evangelicals, mainliners, Catholics, and the unaffiliated are included as well. Before we turn to a more detailed discussion of these patterns, a few basic features are worth noting. First, there are important differences among the major religious traditions.

Here the level of turnout varied, with modernist and nominal evangelicals turning out below or at the national figure, while centrist Catholic turnout was above it. Centrist Catholics were strongly pursued by both campaigns, and Bush’s slight edge here was emblematic of the 2004 election’s close outcome. Kerry won the remaining two swing groups: centrist and modernist mainline Protestants. Here, too, the level of turnout varied, with modernist mainliners voting less than the nation as a whole, and centrist mainliners turning out at a higher rate (much like traditionalist evangelicals).

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