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

 
 
 
 
The Disappearing God Gap?: Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election
Author: Corwin Smidt - Kevin den Dulk - Bryan Froehle - Ja
ISBN 13: 9780199734702
ISBN 10: 199734704
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2010-02-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $28.95
 
 

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 the primaries through 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.