The Morning Buzz | Has Obama’s Presidency Changed Racial Attitudes?

Has racial resentment increased since President Obama's election, or is it on the decline? Turns out, the answer to this question really depends on who you ask. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Conservative Group Snubs Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was recently snubbed by the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), which did not add him to the roster of conservative luminaries who will speak at this year's conference. Nate Silver concludes that Christie's honeymoon with the GOP is over. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Should the Unaffiliated Be Called “Nones”?

In a column for the Washington Post, Christian Piatt argues that the religiously unaffiliated shouldn't be described as "nones." As our recent survey shows, only about one-third of religiously unaffiliated Americans identify as atheists or agnostics, and many religiously unaffiliated Americans report that they believe in God. … [Read more...]

Our Corner | American Catholics on NPR’s All Things Considered

This weekend, I was interviewed by NPR's Jacki Lyden about American Catholics' perspectives on the next pope. In the segment, I observed that generally, American Catholics want more modernity from the new Roman Catholic pontiff. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Tim Tebow Says He Won’t Speak at Dallas Church

Tim Tebow pulled out of a speaking engagement at the Dallas church led by Robert Jeffress, a pastor who has made controversial remarks about homosexuality, Islam and Mormonism. Half (50%) of Americans approve of athletes expressing their faith publicly by thanking God during or after a sporting event - the question, in this case, is what they think of athletes who speak at controversial pastors' megachurches. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | What Do American Catholics Want From the New Pope?

Next month, the College of Cardinals will select a new pope. Their choice will help shape the trajectory of the Catholic Church, which has seen significant global demographic shifts over the past century, as well as tensions about the role of tradition and modern culture. In his latest column for Figuring Faith, his Washington Post blog, PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones tackles the difficult question of what American Catholics want from the new pope. … [Read more...]

Graphic of the Week | Catholic Views on Church Practice and Policy

In just a few weeks, the College of Cardinals will choose the next pope, following the resignation of current Pope Benedict XVI at the end of the month. As the Cardinals deliberate over the next leader of the world's largest denomination, what do Americans think about the Catholic Church's public policy stances, and how many believe the Church should preserve traditional beliefs and practices? … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Puerto Rico Court Says No to Gay Adoption

Puerto Rico's Supreme Court narrowly upheld a law banning gay couples from adopting children. A majority (54%) of Americans believe same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Tea Party Group Plans Latino Outreach

The Tea Party Express, the country's largest Tea Party political action committee, is planning a Latino outreach bus tour. It's unclear how successful this will be, given the considerable divisions between Hispanic Americans and Tea Party members on key issues like immigration. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | D.C. Residents Most Likely to Identify as LGBT

New data from Gallup shows that residents in the District of Columbia are most likely to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (10%), while people in North Dakota are least likely to identify as LGBT (1.7%). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gallup found that of the 10 states and D.C. where at least 4% of respondents identified as LGBT, seven are among the most liberal states in the country. … [Read more...]