The Morning Buzz | What’s Going on Inside the Papal Conclave?

What's going on inside the papal conclave? Two perspectives. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Maryland Senate Votes to Repeal the Death Penalty

The Maryland Senate voted to repeal the death penalty yesterday. The bill will now progress to the House of Delegates. Americans are nearly evenly divided on whether people who are convicted of murder should receive the death penalty, or life in prison with no possibility of parole. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | American Support for Foreign Trade Surges

Over at the Monkey Cage, Erik Voeten tries to make sense of a new poll from Gallup showing an increase in public support for foreign trade. This increase is even more interesting when you consider that 74% of Americans believe that outsourcing is at least somewhat responsible for the nation's current economic woes. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Jewish Groups File Briefs in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

The central organizations of every Jewish denomination except Orthodoxy (and one lone Orthodox rabbi) filed amicus briefs in favor of overturning the federal government's ban on same-sex marriage. More than 8-in-10 (81%) American Jews favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. … [Read more...]

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...]


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