Event Transcript: Understanding Religion's Role in the 2006 Election


12/05/2006 - Some of the nation's leading journalists and distinguished scholars gathered in Key West, Fla., in December 2006 for the Pew Forum's biannual Faith Angle Conference on religion, politics and public life.

To help journalists better understand the role religion played in the 2006 midterm election, Pew Forum Senior Fellow John Green and American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow Karlyn Bowman analyzed polling data. Issues addressed included whether the Democrats closed the "God gap," which religious groups were "in play" this election, and whether or not religion polarizes voters.

A question-and-answer session with journalists followed their presentations.

Other Forum resources on religion's role in the 2006 election include an analysis of post-election poll data and a transcript of a discussion featuring political activists Eric Sapp and Charmaine Yoest.

Speakers: 

Karlyn Bowman, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
John Green, Senior Fellow, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Moderator: 

Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics & Public Policy Center

View transcript on Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Web site.


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