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Dow Reading 16/10/2007 23:33:00 The Religion Gap (151-158)- 2004 Election journalists discovered an apparently new political phenomenon: the “religion gap.” Or the tendency of the most religious Americans to espouse conservative political beliefs and prefer Republican candidates. Most evidence of the religion gap was liked to differences in worship attendance. Extensive societal changes caused two dominant religious orientations to emerge in the US by the end of WWII o 1) a theologically and politically conservative religious witness o 2) a more liberal, relativist approach to both theology and politics. In the 2004 election Bush was favored among church goers Kerry favored among non church goers. Results would imply that the religion gap bears a strong association to political attitudes, with weekly worship attendees holding more conservative views and less than weekly attendees espousing more liberal attitudes. “Moral values” important when voting for people who regularly attend church Religion gap may in part reflect the political significance of religious affiliation. Religion gap may reflect the poltical significance of religious belief. Religion gap may reflect the political significance of religious commitment quite apart from the impact of religious affiliation or belief. Catholics and the evangelicals both usually vote republican. Bowling Alone (119-127) Tocqueville was impressed by Americans’ propensity for civic association which was the key to making democracy work. All Americans are forming associations not only commercial and industrial in which
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course HIST 1100 taught by Professor Horner during the Fall '07 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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