A Great Divide? Religion and Political Change in U.S. National Elections, 1972–2000

  title={A Great Divide? Religion and Political Change in U.S. National Elections, 1972–2000},
  author={Clem Brooks and Jeff Manza},
  journal={The Sociological Quarterly},
  pages={421 - 450}
Since 1980 most social scientists have found little evidence in support of popular and recurring commentaries that identify religion (and evangelical Protestants, in particular) as a major source of conservative political trends in the United States. But in the past several years a new line of research has reported results suggesting that earlier studies underestimated evidence that partisan change among specific religious groups has contributed to an emerging Republican electoral advantage. We… Expand
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