The Morning Buzz |Was the “War on Women” a Winning Campaign Strategy in 2012?

In today's Morning Buzz, a federal judge overturns the death penalty in California, cities make it harder and harder for homeless people to survive, Republicans block a bill that would guarantee employees' birth control coverage, PRRI Affiliated Scholar Melissa Deckman looks at the efficacy of the "war on women," and atheists begin giving invocations at town meetings across the country. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz |Missouri Governor Says No to Concealed Guns in Schools

In today's Buzz, Missouri's governor vetoes a law that would allow concealed guns in schools, the White House unveils plans to tackle global warming, a federal court rules that the University of Texas can keep using race as a factor in admissions, and more. … [Read more...]

Morning Buzz | San Francisco Archbishop Defends Joining DC Rally Against Same-sex Marriage

Today's Buzz covers today's march in Washington against same-sex marriage, death penalty, drug sentencing reform, unmarried mothers, and charitable giving. … [Read more...]

Morning Buzz | SCOTUS Upholds Ban for Public School Graduation Ceremonies in Churches

Today's Buzz covers Freedom Summer, Hobby Lobby, female children's impact on judges, Supreme Court decisions, and Obama issues an executive order to bar federal contractors from discriminating LGBT people. … [Read more...]

Catholics vs. Evangelicals

Last week in The Atlantic, PRRI’s Robert P. Jones explored the challenges faced by Pope Francis who appears open to wooing white evangelical Protestants aligned with his views on cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. That said, the Holy See’s call for economic justice complicates this relationship. … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Catholic Churches

President Obama heads to the Vatican as the American Catholic Church is undergoing a dramatic transformation. … [Read more...]

PunditFact Rates Ralph Reed’s Comments about Millennials and Abortion “False,” Based on PRRI Data

Last Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, conservative activist and chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed said Millennials (Americans ages 18 to 33) are "more pro-life than Baby Boomers and older Americans." Political columnist Ron Fournier with National Journal quickly disagreed, arguing Millennials are equally pro-life as older Americans. After the broadcast, PunditFact endeavored to set the record straight and relies on PRRI data to do so. … [Read more...]

PRRI’s Dr. Robert Jones Discusses Surprising Findings from Global Catholic Poll on NPR’s Interfaith Voices

On Sunday, Dr. Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, appeared on NPR’s Interfaith Voices to discuss with host Maureen Fiedler the findings of a recent Univision poll that finds a large divide between Catholics around the world and the Vatican when it comes to social issues. Listen to their conversation about the numbers on same-sex marriage, contraception and abortion, the role of women in the church, and Pope Francis here. … [Read more...]

New Survey Examines Catholic Attitudes toward Church Doctrine

A full 87 percent of Catholics polled report Pope Francis is doing an excellent or a good job as pontiff. However, respondents disagree with Catholic doctrine on some social issues. For instance, a majority (65 percent) say abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and more than three-quarters (78 percent) support the use of contraception. … [Read more...]

Where in America is Health Insurance Most Expensive?

Today's Buzz covers Facebook's 10th anniversary, a drop in the number of abortions in the United States, and what could be the end of American exceptionalism. … [Read more...]


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