Since the 2016 election, evangelicals voters have been a topic of focus for political observers of all stripes. The religious right’s power as a voting bloc helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency and it continues to make up a core base of support for Republican elected officials nationwide. But, as a new scholarly report entitled Are the Politics of the Christian Right Linked to State Rates of the Nonreligious? The Importance of Salient Controversy finds, the potency of evangelicals and other faith communities as a political force has repelled many Americans, especially young people, from organized religion altogether. Dr. Paul Djupe, associate professor of political science at Denison University in Granville, Ohio and co-author of the report, will join Welton on State of Belief this week to talk about this trend and what it means for faith and politics in America.
Hear the full May 12, 2018 State of Belief Radio program here.