Religion Aug. 21, 2007

Religion and the Presidential Vote: A Tale of Two Gaps

An analysis of national exit polls from 2004 shows there is not one but two religion gaps — one based on religious affiliation and the other based on frequency of attendance at worship services. How did the gaps manifest themselves in the 2004 election and what are the possible implications for 2008?

Pew Research Center Aug. 6, 2007

Republicans Preach to the Base in Sunday Morning Debate

Less than a week before the Iowa straw poll, the nine Republican presidential candidates squared off in Des Moines. Candidate views generally mirrored those of the Republican rank-and-file, but were often at odds with the opinions of the general public.

Religion Jun. 22, 2007

Religious Republicans: Hanging Tough with Bush

A dilemma for GOP Presidential Candidates: They’re distancing themselves from Bush, but may still need strong backing from his faithful church-going supporters.

Religion Jun. 18, 2007

Support for ’08 Presidential Candidates among Religious Groups

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life examines the support for the 2008 presidential candidates among some religious groups, including white evangelical Protestants, white mainline Protestants and non-Hispanic Catholics.

Religion Jun. 6, 2007

¡Here Come ’Los Evangélicos’!

Next week’s National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. illustrates the growing presence and increasing political influence of Latino evangelicals. If Republicans have a prayer of making deep inroads into the Hispanic community, evangelicals may well provide their most direct route.

Pew Research Center May. 17, 2007

Rev. Falwell’s Moral Majority: Mission Accomplished?

When the late Rev. Jerry Falwell disbanded the Moral Majority in 1989, he declared that “our mission is accomplished.” If Falwell meant that evangelical Christians had come to accept the idea that organized religion should play an activist role in the political process, his claim of success is well-supported by public opinion surveys.

Religion May. 16, 2007

An Evolving Debate about Evolution

The evolution controversy, traditionally a state and local issue, has vaulted into the national political arena, making a surprise appearance at the first Republican presidential candidate debate on May 3 and garnering a large amount of press attention

Religion May. 16, 2007

Presidential Politics and Mormon Faith

Surveys show strong public misgivings about the religion and some 30% of the public say they are less likely to support a Mormon presidential candidate.

Religion May. 8, 2007

Religion and International Diplomacy: A Ten-Year Progress Report

Experts discuss the successes and shortcomings of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Are U.S. national interests advanced by the act, and should they be?

Religion May. 4, 2007

Can Secular Democracy Survive in Turkey?

By nominating an observant Muslim for the Turkish presidency, Prime Minister Erdogan inadvertently highlighted deep-rooted tensions about the role of religion in the nation’s political life.