Steven Waldman —
Beyond the God Gap

The theory of the "God gap"—often broadly suggesting that religious Americans are conservative and will vote Republican while non-religious Americans are liberal and will vote Democratic—has been prominent in press reporting and political maneuvering in the 2004 presidential race. At their recent conventions, both parties seemed to grapple with faith dynamics and respond to the perceived God gap in interesting, unexpected ways.

Krista speaks with Steven Waldman, who covered the 2004 Democratic and Republican conventions for religious messages, images, and language. He says that, strictly speaking, the God gap is a myth. We'll look beyond the headlines about the political gulf that reportedly separates religious and secular Americans.

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is a former editor for U.S. News and World Report, and co-founder and CEO of Beliefnet.

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Steven Waldman: 2004 Convention Blog

Read Waldman's daily dispatches from the 2004 Republican and Democratic political conventions.

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Religion in America

View an enlarged map of the U.S. showing the percentage of the population (by county) who affiliate themselves with a religious group.

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Source: Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States: 2000 by Glenmary Research Center

Photo by Glenmary Research Center

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