Why GOP Opposition to Obamacare Will Hurt Hispanic Outreach

In this week’s Figuring Faith, my blog at the Washington Post, I examine how GOP efforts to excise funding for the 2010 Affordable Care Act from the federal budget may affect the party’s long-term success with reaching the growing number of Hispanic voters in the United States. … [Read more...]

South Asia’s Anglican Community Appoints First Woman Bishop

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? Are child prodigies’ brains wired differently from the rest of us? NPR examines the science behind what makes a child especially skilled in a new series on prodigies. Speaking of science, be sure to check out Eileen Pollack’s latest for... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | What Does it Mean to be Jewish?

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? Members of Congress have taken heat for continuing to receive paychecks during the government shutdown, and some are responding by refusing their salaries until federal workers get paid. The Washington Post has a great piece showing which lawmakers are on... more … [Read more...]

New Survey Explores What it Means to be Jewish

Pew Research Center’s Survey of Jewish Americans, released just yesterday, provides a wealth of demographic and religious information. With an increasing number of Jewish Americans reporting that they are not religious, the survey asked an important question: what does it mean to be Jewish? The survey found that most Jews (62 percent) report being Jewish is primarily a matter of ancestry or culture, while 15 percent say it’s primarily a... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Americans’ Take on Congress, Obamacare

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? Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle say they’re representing citizens’ interests by not compromising on Obamacare, but what do Americans really want? Well, that’s a tricky question. Fifty six percent of the U.S. population agrees the government... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | The Saints Come Marching In: Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to be Canonized

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? If you’re wondering how that bottle of vino disappeared so quickly, this one’s for you: new research shows wine drinkers often unknowingly over-pour their glasses based on several factors, including the shape and size of their stemware, the color of... more … [Read more...]

Our Corner | Voice of America Highlights PRRI Findings on American Atheists

Voice of America’s Jerome Socolovsky recently sat down with PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones to discuss the launch of America’s first nontheist political action committee, which aims to represent Americans who don’t believe in God by promoting secular government and providing support for atheist, agnostic and humanist political candidates. Currently, Socolovsky reports there are no members of Congress who are openly atheist and thus the growing number of religiously... more … [Read more...]

Our Corner | The New York Times Highlights Hispanic Values Survey Results

Laurie Goodstein has penned a great new article for The New York Times on PRRI’s Hispanic Values Survey. Goodstein, who interviewed PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones in Austin upon the report’s release at the Religion Newswriters Association annual conference, highlights the challenges facing Republicans as they aim to win over Hispanic voters in coming elections. The outlook for Republicans has grown increasingly negative since 2004, when President George W.... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Is Religion Necessary to be Moral?

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? You’ve probably seen PRRI in the news this weekend, thanks to the successful release of our new Hispanic Values Survey Friday in Austin. Check out some great coverage of the report’s findings at The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post and Associated Press, and... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Is the American Dream Still Alive Today?

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? Helsinki may be the most honest city in the world, according to a new study by Reader’s Digest. Reporters traveled to 16 cities on four continents where they pretended to drop wallets, then watched to see how many folks returned... more … [Read more...]