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Presidential nominees minimize 'God talk' this year

Presidential nominees minimize 'God talk' this year

Appeals to religious voters are a staple of modern presidential campaigns. Yet “God talk” by the major party nominees has been largely quiet in this presidential campaign season, especially when compared to election cycles in the 1990s and 2000s.

Religious identity nonetheless remains a key factor in the election. Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump cannot ignore the very distinctive voting patterns of religious groupings in modern presidential elections.

First, consider the following voting breakdowns in the voting populations among the one-party-leaning groups:

White Evangelical Protestants comprise about one-fifth of the U.S. population and have voted...