12/04/2007 - Some of the nation's leading journalists gathered in Key West, Fla., in December 2007 for the Pew Forum's biannual Faith Angle Conference on religion, politics and public life.
John Green, author of The Faith Factor: How Religion Influences American Elections, described how George Bush's victory in 2004 may have hinged on his ability to win votes from mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Members of these two groups are "on the move" politically, however, said Green, and a candidate with the right message could win them over in 2008.
Analyzing recent surveys, Green suggested that the line dividing more observant and less observant voters - so pronounced in the 2004 election - may be blurring. Finally, Green pointed out that while a majority of Americans both like the idea of a president with strong religious faith and enjoy hearing candidates talk about their beliefs, a significant minority are turned off by what they perceive as too much faith talk; candidates must therefore walk a fine line in order to satisfy both constituencies.
Speaker: John C. Green, Senior Fellow in Religion and American Politics, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Michael Barone, Senior Writer, U.S. News & World Report
E.J. Dionne Jr., Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Columnist, The Washington Post; Senior Advisor, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Moderator: Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics & Public Policy Center; Senior Advisor, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Read the full transcript The Religion Factor in the 2008 Election on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Web site.