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May 13, 2021 48 min

Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Dr. Matthew Gunning about religion and politics in America. We dig into topics such as: 

  • Patterns in how religious affiliation impacts voting in US politics 
  • What the increase in "religiously unaffiliated" means 
  • What the Trump presidency revealed about differences between religious conservative groups (e.g., Mormons and White evangelicals) 
  • Voters who adopt conservative issue positions but vote for Democratic candidates 
  • And more ...

  • Dr. Matthew Gunning is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia Gwinnett College. He has taught courses on Congress, the presidency, political parties, Georgia government, comparative politics, American government and interest groups. He has published works in The Journal of Politics and Social Science History, and written a book chapter on Georgia voting law reforms. His dissertation explored patterns of roll call voting in southern state legislatures and the Georgia legislature over time. Dr. Gunning's academic interests include: Congress, political parties and elections, Georgia and southern politics, U.S. presidency, and comparative legislatures. Currently he is working on expanding his research on the Georgia Assembly into a book.

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