Divining the Electorate

Is there a religious vote?

Is there a religious vote? The answer is complex and ambiguous. First of all, politicians think there is a religious vote and that, in close elections, they must cater to it. Second, each party is currently in the process of abandoning the extremes-for Republicans the "culture wars," for Democrats, permissiveness-that appeal to some religious or irreligious groups and repel others. Third, voter data suggest that faith-based voting occurs...

The remainder of this article is only available to paid subscribers.

Print subscribers to Commonweal are entitled to free access to all premium online content. Click here to purchase a print subscription, or if you’re already a print subscriber, register now for premium access.

Online-only subscriptions provide access to all premium online articles for just $34/year or $2.95/month. Click here to subscribe.

Registered users, please log in below:

Or log in with...


About the Author

David C. Leege is emeritus professor of political science, the University of Notre Dame.