Andre P. Audette

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    Churches don’t just follow their congregants’ views and actions on political issues, they may be shaping them, too.

Churches don’t just follow their congregants’ views and actions on political issues, they may be shaping them, too.

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Despite the US Constitution’s separation of church and state, American religious institutions and movements are often active in politics. But are they following their congregants’ existing views and actions or influencing them? Using national survey data, Andre P. Audette and Christopher L. Weaver find that churches do engage their congregants politically; at least 50 percent of congregants engage in […]

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    With Evan Bayh’s surprise entry, Indiana’s Senate race has turned from red to purple overnight

With Evan Bayh’s surprise entry, Indiana’s Senate race has turned from red to purple overnight

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In a traditionally Republican-leaning state, former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh’s bid to get his old job back now means that Indiana may be competitive for the Democrats in the Hoosier’ State’s US Senate election this year. As part of our series on this year’s key Senate races, Andre P. Audette writes that Bayh may not face an easy race. GOP […]

The Indiana primary was the crossroads of the 2016 election

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Tuesday saw New York billionaire Donald Trump win Indiana’s presidential primary, and his rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspend their campaigns. Trump now has a clear path to the Republican nomination. Andre P. Audette looks at why Trump was so successful in the Hoosier State, despite polling 16 points below Cruz in April. He writes that Trump was […]

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    Politics in church may hurt religion, but it helps churches.

Politics in church may hurt religion, but it helps churches.

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Despite being seen by much of the world as a very religious country, religious affiliation in the US is in decline, with fewer Americans now likely to attend church. In new research, Andre P. Audette and Christopher L. Weaver write that some churches have attempted to address declining attendance by becoming more politically active in order to attract more […]

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