Abortion and Vote Choice Among the White Working Class

Despite the common refrain that white working-class voters are heavily influenced by cultural “wedge” issues like abortion, white college-educated Americans’ vote choice is actually more affected by their stance on this issue. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Prominent Black Clergy Support Same-sex Marriage in Maryland

Prominent black clergy in Maryland are supporting a referendum in their state to legalize same-sex marriage. This shows, as Dr. Robert P. Jones wrote earlier this summer, that black voters are unlikely to abandon Obama over his support for the issue. … [Read more...]

Abortion Politics, 2012 Style

Is the “war on women” strategy a smart move by Democrats to court women voters, especially since it’s centered around abortion politics? The answer is complicated. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Do Presidential Candidates Need to Address Abortion?

Mitt Romney, who has been attempting to skirt questions about abortion in the wake of Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments, declared that abortion is a matter for the courts, not the president. … [Read more...]

To Expand Hispanic Base, GOP May Need to Shelve Social Issues (At Least, For Now)

The Romney campaign wants to expand its Hispanic voting base. To do so, however, they may need to talk more about immigration and less about social issues. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Cardinal Dolan Will Offer Blessing at Republican Convention

Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan will offer the closing blessing at the Republican National Convention (assuming it's not derailed by Hurricane Isaac), suggesting that the U.S. Catholic Bishops' denunciation of VP candidate Paul Ryan's proposed budget has been trumped by the ongoing struggle over religious liberty. … [Read more...]

Most Americans Support Allowing Women to Obtain Abortions in Cases of Rape

Strong majorities of religious Americans support abortion rights in four of seven circumstances. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Does Facebook Inspire Millennials to Overshare?

One college professor says that Facebook is inspiring his students to overshare. … [Read more...]

Joining the Party: On Abortion and Same-sex Marriage, Hispanic American Partisans Are as Polarized as the Public

How socially conservative are Hispanic Americans, how persuadable are Hispanic Americans on social issues, and how important are these issues to Hispanic American voters? … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | New Policy on Young Illegal Immigrants Goes Into Effect 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? Finally, an attack ad we can all identify with – who doesn’t think America’s decline will be brought about by driverless cars? Today, young illegal immigrants will begin submitting applications for temporary reprieve from deportation under a new Obama administration policy. The... more … [Read more...]