The Morning Buzz | Has Gun Control Dropped Off the Media’s Radar?

As some predicted, media discussion about gun control took a sharp dip during the holidays, and has now petered out to a pre-Newtown level. A majority of Americans favor stricter gun control laws, but a policy change may require renewed attention from the media. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Almost 20 States Passed Abortion Restrictions in 2012

According to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, abortion remained a controversial issue, with 43 new laws in 19 states restricting access to abortion services. A majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal, but their views about its morality are far more complex. … [Read more...]

Our Corner | Biggest Moves in Religion and Politics in 2012

As we look forward to the new year, there are many lessons to be gleaned from 2012's most important moments in religion and politics. At the CNN Belief Blog, PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones and Research Director Daniel Cox outline the ten biggest shifts in this crucial arena. … [Read more...]

The GOP’s Marriage Problem

In the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack Obama, analysts have noted that the Republican nominee lost in large measure due to changing American demographics—particularly the rise of the Latino vote, non-white Christians, and the religiously unaffiliated. But another demographic trend also threatens to hurt Republican chances in the future: the decline of marriage. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Are We Moving Towards Adding a 51st State?

On Tuesday, the U.S. inched closer toward adding a 51st state. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | How Values, Demographics, and the Economy Helped Shape the Election

The day after the 2012 election, Dr. Robert P. Jones examines the role that values, demographics, and the economy played in American voters' decision to elect President Barack Obama to a second term in office. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Are People Better Than Polls at Predicting Electoral Outcomes?

Can people predict elections, even when polls can't? … [Read more...]

Mourdock, God’s Will, and Rape: How Americans Really Think About God and Public Policy

In the wake of Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's controversial comments about rape and God's will, Dr. Robert P. Jones explores how religious Americans reconcile their theological convictions with public policy. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | Presidential Debate Challenge: Connecting With the Misunderstood White Working Class

At the first presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will both need to overcome two commonly held stereotypes if they want to successfully appeal to white working-class voters. In this week's article for "Figuring Faith," Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines this significant challenge. … [Read more...]

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...]


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