Transcript: Is the 'God Gap' Closing?

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Speaker: E.J. Dionne Jr., Amy Sullivan and Ross Douthat

Venue: Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life


02/21/2008 - One significant pattern in the 2004 presidential election was the tendency of religiously observant Americans to vote Republican and the less observant to vote Democratic. But recent events suggest that this pattern, dubbed the “God gap,” may be changing, as reflected in the results of the 2006 midterm elections and the increased references to faith by Democratic presidential candidates. Is the “God gap” closing in 2008?

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life invited E.J. Dionne Jr., author of Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right; Amy Sullivan, author of The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats Are Closing the God Gap; and Ross Douthat, co-author of the forthcoming book, Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream, to discuss the issue.

Speakers:
E.J. Dionne Jr., Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Columnist, The Washington Post; Senior Adviser, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Amy Sullivan, Nation Editor, Time magazine

Respondent:
Ross Douthat, Associate Editor, The Atlantic

Moderator:
John Green, Senior Fellow in Religion and American Politics, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Topics of discussion include the changing evangelical vote, the era of the religious right, Catholics as swing voters, religion in politics, and points of tension for liberal Christians.

Read the full transcript Is the 'God Gap' Closing? on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Web site.

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