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Examines the spiritual affiliations of citizens and occasion elites and evaluates the declare that ethical values have been decisive in 2004. This booklet analyzes ideas used to mobilize spiritual conservatives and examines the vote casting habit of various teams, together with evangelicals, African-Americans, and the understudied spiritual left.

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GREEN, L. A. KELLSTEDT, C. E. SMIDT, AND J. L. GUTH For the Democrats and Senator Kerry, the two most important constituencies were black Protestants and seculars. Indeed, Kerry assembled a complex coalition drawn in roughly equal parts from ethnic and religious minorities, the unaffiliated, and modernist and nominal Christians. This pattern also developed in the 1990s and was in full flower by 2004. The Democrats also made significant gains among mainline Protestants between 2000 and 2004. But like his rival, Kerry had a broader coalition that included crucial votes from centrists and traditionalists.

Centrist Catholics were strongly pursued by both campaigns, and Bush’s slight edge here was emblematic of the 2004 election’s close outcome. Kerry won the remaining two swing groups: centrist and modernist mainline Protestants. Here, too, the level of turnout varied, with modernist mainliners voting less than the nation as a whole, and centrist mainliners turning out at a higher rate (much like traditionalist evangelicals). Kerry’s narrow margin among centrist mainliners was also emblematic of the election results.

SMIDT, AND J. L. GUTH Table 2-4. 7 Source: National Surveys of Religion and Politics, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron. 1992 (N = 2,265); 1996 (N = 2,350); 2000 (N = 3,000); 2004 (N = 2,730). two-party vote, but since the Democratic portion is its reciprocal, the patterns can be used to discuss both parties. Table 2-5 presents the turnout in the same fashion; both tables are discussed together. S. adult population represented by the various religious communities remained about the same over this period.

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