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Religion and American PoliticsFrom the Colonial Period to the Present$
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Mark A. Noll and Luke E. Harlow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195317145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.001.0001

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Faith Transformed: Religion and American Politics from FDR to George W. Bush

Faith Transformed: Religion and American Politics from FDR to George W. Bush

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Religion and American Politics
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Lyman Kellstedt

John Green

Corwin Smidt

James Guth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.003.0013

This chapter provides a magisterial summary of voting behavior and religious allegiance since the Great Depression. Its authors have pioneered in specifying connections between political and religious allegiances in the modern period. This time they have the advantage of mass public polling. The broad political patterns documented for the major religious groups over the last few decades serve as an indispensable social-scientific infrastructure for understanding the landscape of contemporary politics and religion. The chapter documents the changes in mass electoral politics since 1936, demonstrating a fundamental transformation in the links between religion and politics; documents the specific alterations in the religious landscape and their implications for voting behavior; and argues that the ethnoreligious perspective alone no longer provides an adequate account of religious voting behavior today, but requires the addition of new categories based on religious beliefs and practices.

Keywords:   World War II, religious allegiance, Great Depression, antebellum period, public polling

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