How political divides impact religious affiliation and attendance. The 2016 presidential election heightened an ongoing discussion over the allegiance of American evangelicals to the Republican Party. As countless articles and social media posts have observed, Donald Trump’s presidency has led many church leaders to warn against a too-warm embrace of politics and politicians, as well as led many Christians to rethink their involvement and identity as evangelicals. Though these tense conversations may feel like new ground born out of this political moment, long before Trump’s election there was already strong evidence showing that Americans’ political identities and disagreements fuel their…