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Election Dissection: Understanding Faith and Politics in the 2020 Presidential Election

Election Dissection: Understanding Faith and Politics in the 2020 Presidential Election

Election Dissection: Understanding Faith and Politics in the 2020 Presidential Election

The November 2020 US Presidential election marked the end of the Trump presidency. The election also revealed new shifts in the way that Americans vote and self-identify in electoral politics. What does exit polling data reveal about our understanding of faith and politics in the US today?

During the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s Critical Conversation series, Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard Program Manager of the Cecil Murray Center for Civic Engagement, moderated a conversation with experts focused on understanding exit polling data from the November 2020 presidential election. This conversation focused on nuancing our understanding of how communities of faith voted in the 2020 Presidential election, and highlighted exit polling data on Muslim-Americans, Latinx communities, the Evangelical vote, Asian-Americans along with how the “nones” voted.

Our panelists were:

Dr. Youssef Chouhoud, a political scientist at Christopher Newport University
Dr. Richard Flory, senior director of research and evaluation at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Assistant Professor of Integral Mission and Global Transformation at Fuller Theological Seminary    
Dr. Janelle Wong, professor of American Studies and Asian-American Studies at the University of Maryland