The Morning Buzz | Why Campaign Finance Reform Is So Darn Difficult

A new poll shows why campaign finance reform is hard: while only 2% of Americans think that spending by outside groups will have a positive effect on the election, only 40% are able to correctly define SuperPACs, while nearly half (46%) have no opinion. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Most Americans Don’t Tweet in Church

Do you tweet in church? Most Americans don't. Learn more about the intersection between religion and technology (or lack thereof) in our new survey. … [Read more...]

New Study Could Mobilize Americans on Income Inequality

A new study conducted by researchers at the Brookings Institution and the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center reveals that Romney’s proposed budget would raise taxes for 95% of Americans – while reducing the tax burden for the top 5%. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 30, 2012

A federal court ruled that a Catholic-owned company in Colorado does not have to follow the Obama administration's new policy on no-cost contraception. A majority (53%) of Americans believe that privately owned small businesses should provide birth control to their employees at no cost through their insurance. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 27, 2012

Disturbingly, racist hate speech against Barack Obama seems to be spreading on Facebook. Over at the blog, PRRI Affiliated Scholar Paul Djupe analyzes which demographic groups believe that "[Obama] doesn't understand the problems of white Americans." … [Read more...]

“Anglo-Saxon” Hits the Campaign Trail

What are Mitt Romney's surrogates really trying to convey when they reference Romney's "Anglo-Saxon heritage"? … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 26, 2012

many Muslim athletes are facing a tough choice once the Games begin. Because it is the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast during the day, but many athletes would kiss their chances of winning goodbye if they abstained from food or water. Alternately, they could go the route of social protest - although it might be more difficult to pull this off while, say, swimming. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 25, 2012

How do you feel about microtargeting, the process which allows political campaigns to create online ads made exactly for you? A new survey released by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania shows that 86% of respondents did not want political campaigns to tailor ads to their interests. … [Read more...]

How an Evangelical College’s Lawsuit Could Help Romney

Wheaton College's recent lawsuit against the Obama administration's contraception mandate could be a helpful - but potentially dangerous - issue for Romney. … [Read more...]

How an Evangelical College’s Lawsuit Could Help Romney

Last week, Wheaton College, the alma mater of Billy Graham and the premier Christian liberal arts college in America, surprised many by joining the ranks of many Catholic higher-education institutions on Wednesday in filing a lawsuit to challenge the Obama administration’s mandate that employers must provide contraception. Unlike the Catholic Church, whose teachings denounce contraception, evangelical denominations have generally been more accepting of the use of birth control, and the... more … [Read more...]