Michelle Margolis is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Her research interests are in American politics with a focus on public opinion, political psychology, religion and politics, and experimental methods. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Behavior, and Public Opinion Quarterly, and has been featured in news media outlets including_ The Atlantic, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon_, and_ The Washington Post_.
Episode 118: From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity, with Michele F. Margolis
August 13th, 2018 | 53 mins 19 secs
My guest is Michele Margolis. One of the most substantial divides in American politics is the “God gap.” Religious voters tend to identify with and support the Republican Party, while secular voters generally support the Democratic Party. Margolis' new book "From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity" challenges the conventional wisdom that suggests that religious differences between Republicans and Democrats have produced this gap, with voters sorting themselves into the party that best represents their religious views.