Fortnight of Facts | Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty Concerns

Recent research shows that for some people who oppose same-sex marriage, religious liberty is a primary concern. When Americans who initially oppose same-sex marriage are asked whether they would support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry if the law guaranteed that no church or congregation would be required to perform marriages for gay and lesbian couples, support for allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry increases 6 points, from 52% to 58%. Stay tuned to our blog as we unveil more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 29, 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?  For the past 24 hours, anyone trying to write about anything but health care reform has been hard pressed to get a word in edgewise. I hope none of you are sick of rehashing the decision, because today’s Buzz is going to be all about Obamacare. And if you missed it, we just released a new survey exploring … [Read more...]

Could the Health Care Ruling Reinvigorate the Tea Party?

Opposition to President Obama’s health care reform law has been the heart and soul of many Tea Party activities since the law’s passage in 2010, so it’s unsurprising to see that so many Tea Party members favor action by the Supreme Court to overturn the law. After all, as this graph shows, no group was more supportive of the Supreme Court overturning the health care law than members of the Tea Party. But now that Obamacare has been left mostly intact, could opposition to health … [Read more...]

Our Corner | Who Are the “Teavangelicals”?

Earlier today, Dr. Robert P. Jones opened a panel on “The Teavangelicals: Who They Are and Why They Are Important,” hosted by Zondervan and the Huffington Post, with some survey data on who exactly the “Teavangelicals” are. Dr. Jones pointed out that about 1-in-10 (11%) Americans say they identify with the Tea Party movement. Among those who identify as members of the Tea Party, 47% also say they consider themselves part of the Religious Right or Conservative Christian. … [Read more...]

Fortnight of Facts | Catholics Generally Support the Contraception Coverage Requirements

American’s views about whether religiously affiliated employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception differ significantly depending on the type of organization in question. While more than 6-in-10 Americans believe that publicly held corporations should abide by this requirement, a slim majority (52%) say that religiously affiliated social service agencies should also be required to provide this type of coverage. Only about 4-in-10 (42%) … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 27, 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? Apparently, some oenophiles are not as discerning as they would like to think: a new marketing survey revealed that participants not only like wines with fancy-sounding names better, they’re willing to shell out more for them.  A good old-fashioned generation gap is nothing new to public opinion researchers … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 26, 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? After the success of “Sherlock,” a TV show about a modern-day Sherlock Holmes (complete with nicotine patches instead of his signature pipe), I’m more inclined to entertain shows and movies that reboot classic tales to the present day. But – and I’m sorry for this, Canadian TV – … [Read more...]

Fortnight of Facts | What’s Threatening Religious Liberty?

In the March PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, respondents who said that they believed religious liberty was under attack in the U.S. today were given the opportunity to explain, in their own words, what they understood this threat to be. Notably, only 6 percent mentioned the recent debate around the contraception coverage mandate. The most frequently mentioned reasons are the removal or God and religion from the public square (23%), government interference in religion (20%), and hostility toward … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 25, 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? On a hot, lazy afternoon, have you ever wanted to share a bottle of beer with your dog? Well, now you can (although it doesn’t seem like the brew is particularly delicious for humans). As we continue to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on health care reform, (hopefully not breathlessly, since … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 22, 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? Pie can be a contentious issue, but I am not at all surprised that strawberry rhubarb almost beat out apple as the favored pie in NPR’s (very unscientific) poll. It’s just that good.  The Fortnight for Freedom, two weeks full of events organized by the U.S. Catholic bishops in response to perceived … [Read more...]