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The Religious Vote

Mike Gerson’s column this morning raises a question increasingly heard among social conservatives: if religious voters must select between two socially liberal politicians in November, won’t many be more likely to choose Hillary?

A significant number of religious conservatives have always been uneasy with conservative economic views, but have been much more uneasy with liberal views on abortion and the family. They have chosen to do good, as they see it, on the more critical of the two fronts, and so have become a relatively solid Republican constituency. The most effective way to change that would be for the Republicans to give up their social conservatism.

Would concerns about Hillary Clinton on the war and foreign policy avert that kind of mass exodus? Would the sheer force of Giuliani’s personality attract enough new voters to make up for those lost social conservatives, particularly in the crucial Midwest states?


Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.


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