Science Café Cleveland presents


The Scientific Study of Voters: Culture Wars, Gender Gaps, and Other Divisions in the 2016 Presidential Electorate


OCTOBER 10, 2016





Ryan L. Claassen, PhD

Professor of Political Science at Kent State University and author of the Cambridge University Press book, Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans




John C. Green, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Political Science at University of Akron, Senior Fellow with the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life




As the date for the November elections approaches, we will be subjected to an increasing barrage of state and national polls about all the contests at stake.  Each polling outfit has its own methodology and this can result in results being released on the same day that seem to provide quite different snapshots of public opinion even though they are purportedly measuring the same thing. While the top line of the polls tell how many people support each candidate, often more interesting are the internals of the polls that disaggregate the results and provide some insight into the extent that various demographic groups support each candidate.
The presenters, who are experts in public opinion analysis and specialize in the empirical study of religion and politics, will discuss the survey research method and what public opinion analyses tell us about which groups will support Trump or Clinton in November and why.  Find out what science can tell us about groups that are skeptical of science for religious reasons and more.




Ryan L. Claassen in the Washington Post, Monkey Cage Feature. September 4, 2015.  "How Democrats became secular and Republicans became religious.  (It’s not what you think.)"


Ryan L. Claassen Personal Website


Ryan L. Claassen. 2015.  Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Party Activists, Party Capture, and the "God Gap." Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.


John C. Green Biography


John C. Green (with J. Quin Monson and David E. Campbell). 2014. Seeking the Promised Land:  Mormons and American Politics. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.




The Music Box Supper Club - Concert Hall

1148 Main Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



October 10, 2016

Doors will be open 5:30 - 9:00 PM (Last call at 8:45PM). Presentation and discussion is 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The Concert Hall will also host a limited menu before and during the event. Not to mention a full bar! (Click here to view menu). Come early, get a good seat, grab a bite and a beverage and enjoy the discussion!


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and the Music Box Supper Club.


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