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date: 19 October 2019

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Worship attendance is typically understood as a measure of religious commitment. The relevance of the attendance gaps can be easily illustrated for the 2004 presidential election. The attendance gaps appeared to have increased in size toward the end of the twentieth century. Three strands of the literature help explain how worship attendance can be politicized: through religious traditions, religious beliefs, and religious engagement. These three strands are discussed separately. The God gap suggests new avenues of future research on religion and politics.

Keywords: US presidential elections, religion, voting, worship, religious traditions, religious beliefs, religious engagement

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