Women of Faith: Can Democrats win voters of faith?

Diana Butler Bass and Amy Sullivan
Diana Butler Bass and Amy Sullivan
Photos by Katie Garlock and Nish Weiseth

President Trump won 80 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016, a bloc that propelled him to the White House. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was widely criticized for its listless appeal to religious voters.

The Democrats are taking a different stance this election cycle. Last month, the Democratic National Committee hired an outreach director, and many of the candidates — such as Pete Buttigieg and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker — are talking about how their Christian faith motivates their political positions. But will it be enough?

After the second round of Democratic debates wrapped up, Kerri spoke with two experts who study the intersection of religion and politics in America. It’s the next installment of our Women of Faith series.


  • Amy Sullivan is a national reporter who covers religion and politics for various publications and cohost of the Impolite Company podcast.

  • Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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