The Disappearing God Gap?: Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election

Paperback | March 8, 2010

byCorwin Smidt, Kevin den Dulk, Bryan Froehle

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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 theprimaries 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.

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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 rada...

Corwin Smidt is Executive Director of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College. Kevin den Dulk is Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, and Faculty Fellow, Honors College at Grand Valley State University. Douglas Koopman is Professor of Political Science and Interim Direc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199734704

ISBN - 13:9780199734702

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Religion and Presidential Campaigns in Perspective3. Religion and the Political Landscape in 20084. Religion and the 2008 Presidential Primaries5. Religion and the Summer Interlude6. Religion and the Fall Campaign7. Religion and Election Day: Voter Mobilization in 20088. Religion and Election Day: Voting Patterns9. The God Gap RevisitedTablesReferencesIndex