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

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...]

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...]

The Morning Buzz | July 24, 2012

At the Washington Post, Lisa Miller wonders whether Romney can reconcile his wealth and his faith. A plurality of Americans believe that capitalism is at odds with Christian values. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 23, 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? A question for the ages, posed by Morning Buzz reader Arnie: How much is an unsaleable bald eagle worth? An atheist group expressed their displeasure with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack after he publicly announced that he prays daily for rain.... more … [Read more...]

How Do Americans Perceive Minorities?

In November 2012, when millions of Americans go to polling stations, they will cast their vote for either a black or Mormon presidential candidate. Intergroup attitudes will play a significant role in an election where, for the first time, two men with minority backgrounds have been selected for candidacy by the major parties. Scholars have found that minority candidates have a hard time finding electoral support among white Americans. So,... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 19, 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? It perplexes me that no one else has ever thought of this, but someone (if not Kurt Vonnegut) should write a book about a slot machine lost in the desert. One distance runner for the American Olympic team doesn’t run... more … [Read more...]


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