Could Soccer Replace Football and Baseball as America’s Favorite Sport?

Today's Buzz covers the GOP's approach to solving economic inequality, a same-sex ballot measure in Oregon, and whether administering medical marijuana to children is in line with Christian values. … [Read more...]

President Emphasizes Religious Freedom at National Prayer Breakfast

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?  On Thursday morning, President Obama delivered his remarks at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast. Religious freedom, both in the U.S. and abroad, was the theme of his speech. He emphasized that “central to [human] dignity is freedom of religion –... more … [Read more...]

A Bipartisan Compromise on Immigration Reform?

Today's Morning Buzz covers why sports fans pray to God, the possible future of immigration reform in America, and Sikhs' efforts to build understanding of their faith! … [Read more...]

How American Presidents Pass the God and Country Test

Would you be surprised to learn that “God bless America” isn’t a standard closing for official speeches by U.S. presidents? In fact, the phrase wasn’t publicly used by a president until 1973 when Richard Nixon appealed to the American public in the face of the escalating Watergate scandal, according to the new book profiled by Huffington Post, The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America. … [Read more...]

Is the American Dream Dead?

Is the American Dream dead? Maybe in the South, according to new data from researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As Matthew O’Brien reports in The Atlantic, the study finds that those who strive to move up economically have about the same chances as people did in the 1950s. However, your economic prospects depend not only on indicators like race, inequality, and family structure, but also on region and the degree of inequality in your local community. O’Brien notes that the big … [Read more...]

Join PRRI at #PRRI at 9:00pm ET tonight as we live-tweet during President Obama’s State of the Union address

For more up-to-the-minute data about the issues and policies the President plans to discuss, join PRRI tonight at 9:00pm ET at #PRRI as we live-tweet the State of the Union address. In the meantime, do you believe the American Dream still holds true? Let us know in the comments. … [Read more...]

What to Expect from President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Today's Buzz covers the polarization of American politics, the United Methodist Church's continued struggle with the issue of same-sex marriage, and whether your iPhone's operating system believes in God! … [Read more...]

Charismatic Catholic Movement is Growing Among Latino Americans

Today's Buzz covers the anniversary of the 24th Amendment, the growing Charismatic Catholic movement among Latino Americans, and the most "Bible-minded" cities in the country! … [Read more...]

Will Shorter Lines Boost Voter Turnout at the Polls?

The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration has released a report encouraging jurisdictions across the country to cut down on long lines at polls on Election Day by expanding early voting, increasing online voter registration, and checking voter registration lists against those provided by other states. … [Read more...]

Is Marijuana More Dangerous than Alcohol?

Today's Buzz covers the ongoing debate over legalizing marijuana, a look at the newest hot spot for illegal crossings into the United States, and global unemployment in 2013. … [Read more...]


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