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A 3 page outline of the role of religion in the 2000 and the 2004 elections in the United States. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Introduction: Religion, although clearly not part of the government in any solid or Constitutional realm, has long been the foundation of the United States. It is a social condition
that led people to cross the ocean in order to find a land free from discrimination based on religious ideals. As such the nation is clearly one founded on religion,
although it separates religion from state. But, at the same time it is clearly something many people running for positions in the government discuss, or declare, allowing the American people
to see their religious standing. In short, it is a very important part of any election, and more so with Presidential elections as seen in 2000 and 2004.
I: 2000: Religion obviously plays an important role in politics and in understanding the popularity of a candidate. It is also something that serves
as a reflection of where the American people are sitting in relationship to religion. For example, "But the 2000 election saw for the first time in history the naming of
a Jew, Senator Joseph Lieberman, to a national ticket" (Cohen, 2005). But, the primary religion, and thus religious influence, is Christianity. A:
Votes by religion: Bush: 56% Protestant, 62% white Protestant, 68% Evangelical, 53% mainline, 47% Catholic, 52% white non-Hispanic Catholic, 33% Hispanic Catholic, 7% Black Protestant, 19% Jewish (The Pew Research
Center, 2005). Gore: 42% Protestant, 30% white Protestant, 30% Evangelical, 43% mainline, 50% Catholic, 45% white non-Hispanic, 65% Hispanic Catholic, 91% Black Protestant, 79% Jewish (The Pew Research Center, 2005).
B: Analysis of findings. It is clear that Bush gained most of his votes from white voters, and from Christians, including Catholics.