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Catholics and the 2008 Election

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Further Reading:

Check out Michael Sean Winters' Recap of the event!

Books and Articles
Amy Sullivan

The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap.  Scribner, 2008.
 Read Chapter 1 from The Party Faithful

How Would Jesus Vote?” Op-Ed in the Washington Post 2.24.08

The Dems’ Delicate Dance on Faith.”  Time 4.15.08

Jeremiah Wright Goes to War.” Time 4.28.08

Why Obama Seized the Faith-based Mantle.” 7.28.08

Michael Sean Winters

Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats.  Basic Books, 2008.

Anti-Gay Auto-Da-Fé.” 9.28.05

Wholly Different Angles on the World.” The Washington Post, 3.30.08

Related Readings: Religion and Elections

One Electorate Under God?: A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics (Pew Forum Dialogues on Religion & Public Life) by E.J. Dionne. 

Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America (Woodrow Wilson Center Press).  Edited by Hugh Heclo and Wilfred M. McClay. 

"A Fight Among Catholics Over Which Party Best Reflects Church Teachings" David D. Kirkpatrick. New York Times, 10.4.09

Young Evangelical Christians in the 2008 Election,” a survey conducted by Greenland Quinlan Rosner Research. 

A summary of the findings:
“A recent survey conducted for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner finds that young white evangelical Christians are less supportive of John McCain for president than their older counterparts. Although McCain maintains a solid winning margin among white evangelical Christians on the ballot, white evangelicals ages 18-29 are less supportive of his candidacy and express less favorable impressions of McCain than older white evangelical Christians.”

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: “Religion and Election 08.”  This website provides biographies focused on religion of the candidates and their running mates; public opinion polls and analysis; and current events regarding the role of religion in this year’s presidential election.  Also useful and interesting is the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey.  Based on interviews with more than 35,000 American adults, the Pew survey examines Americans’ approaches to and understandings of religion, and the connection between those perceptions and their social and political positions.  On the survey’s homepage are related materials, interactive tools and other supplementary information to the survey.