The Morning Buzz | July 10, 2012

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? A graphic designer gives earthquake data a little “cartographic sizzle,” for your viewing pleasure!

What would happen if politicians raised the minimum wage? Some say it would improve the lives of scores of low-wage workers, while others say it would require small business owners to cut costs in an already stagnant economic climate. Overall, two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans favor increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.00 an hour.

A solution to student debt: move to the nation’s heartland, where states like Nebraska and Kansas may offer financial incentives to young professionals who settle there. Nearly half (45%) of younger Millennials (age 18-24) say that they will have to borrow (or have already borrowed) more than $10,000 to finance their undergraduate education.

At the Huffington Post, Christian Piatt begs Christians to retire some old cliches. (Thanks to Arnie for sending this in!)

Gallup reports that 8-in-10 voters in 12 key presidential swing states have seen a campaign ad on television. But then, of course, there are those who say that when it comes to the ultimate outcome, campaigning matters not one whit.

Some parents are arguing that “teenage lovers” shouldn’t be labeled as sex offenders, citing cases where a relationship between an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old has sent the 18-year-old to jail. Nearly two-thirds (66%) of Americans believe that sex between a young man and a young woman under the age of 18 is morally wrong.

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