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This article discusses the religious elements of the major party coalitions in the American public. It first addresses why religion is relevant to party politics at a conceptual level. The religious character of the major party coalitions is summarized. The article considers the recent party coalitions, comparing the Democratic and Republican faith-based supporters in 1952 and 2008. It finally describes the ‘party faithful’ in the early years of the twenty-first century. The comparison of 1952 and 2008 reveals that faith-based coalitions can change, and quite dramatically, over relatively short periods of time. The present ethno-theological politics could continue, with deepening divisions based on religious observance. A return to ethno-religious politics, with divisions based on religious affiliation, is becoming more important. It is possible that a new aspect of religion will become politicized in much the same way that religious observance became politically relevant in recent times.
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