The Morning Buzz | Does Sanford’s Political Redemption Bode Well for Others?

Mark Sanford's political redemption at the ballot box on Tuesday bodes well for other disgraced politicians, like Anthony Weiner, who may be mulling a new bid for elected office? Or was Sanford's indiscretion simply more forgivable? … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | Mark Sanford’s Political Redemption

In this week's "Figuring Faith," I explore data on Americans' attitudes toward politicians' moral indiscretions, and conclude that Sanford's recent victory in a special election for the House of Representatives seat he held in the 1990s before he was elected governor shows just how far political redemption can stretch … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Do Politicians Favor the Rich?

Do politicians favor the rich? That's up for debate. However, nearly two-thirds of Americans do believe that the economic system in this country unfairly favors the wealthy. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Christians Divided By Generation on Marijuana

How generational differences are dividing Christians in the pews on issues like marijuana. … [Read more...]

Our Corner | Christians Divided on Morality, Legalization of Marijuana Use

In a new column for Religion & Politics, I sketch the generational differences that divided Christians on the morality and legalization of marijuana use. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Maryland Abolishes Death Penalty

The governor of Maryland signed a law abolishing the death penalty in the state last week. Americans are nearly evenly divided on whether convicted murderers should receive the death penalty or life in prison with no possibility of parole. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Rhode Island Legalizes Gay Marriage

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee takes to the pages of the New York Times to explain why he supports his state's Marriage Equality Act. With the passage of this new legislation, New England has become the first region in the U.S. where all of the states have legalized gay marriage. … [Read more...]

Politics and the Plan B Appeal

The FDA’s recent decision to lower the age of access for emergency contraception to 15 exposes a tipping point in Americans’ - especially Democrats' - perspectives on contraceptive use for teens. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Immigration Debate Turns to Gay Spouses

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? The question, of course, for this gentleman is: why Pink Floyd? Four years ago, a popular mayor from a West Texas town left for Mexico because his partner, a man, was an undocumented immigrant. Many Americans agree that immigrants should... more … [Read more...]

New Survey Illuminates Differences Among the World’s Muslims

A new survey shows that American Muslims feel more at ease in contemporary Western pluralistic societies than their co-religionists in other parts of the world. … [Read more...]


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