Figuring Faith | The State of the Union: Divided

Just before President Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address to Congress, Dr. Robert P. Jones outlined the state of public opinion on the issues that Obama was likely to address in his speech.

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The Morning Buzz | Teen Pregnancy Rates Fall in New York City

New data shows that teen pregnancy rates in New York City have plunged 27% over the past decade. Over this time, the city has worked to make it easier for teenagers to access condoms and other contraceptives. A slim majority of Americans favor allowing… [Read more…]

Graphic of the Week | The State of the Union: Divided

Less than a week before President Obama addresses Congress in his fourth State of the Union speech, our weekly graphic shows a divided nation on many of the issues that Obama is likely to address.

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The Morning Buzz | 3-in-10 Americans See God’s Hand in Sporting Outcomes

Don’t necessarily blame the refs when your team loses – a significant number of Americans report that God has a hand in determining winners and losers in sports games.

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The Morning Buzz | Most Jewish Americans Voted on Economic Justice, Not Israel

Most Jewish voters were drawn to the polls last November by economic justice concerns, rather than issues related to Israel, according to a new poll from Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring. In our Jewish Values Survey last spring, we found that only 4% of A… [Read more…]

The Morning Buzz | Does Being Religiously Unaffiliated Lead to Mental Health Issues?

Does being religiously unaffiliated lead to mental health issues? For more on the diversity of religiously unaffiliated people’s beliefs, see our recent survey.

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The Morning Buzz | Has Gun Control Dropped Off the Media’s Radar?

As some predicted, media discussion about gun control took a sharp dip during the holidays, and has now petered out to a pre-Newtown level. A majority of Americans favor stricter gun control laws, but a policy change may require renewed attention from … [Read more…]

The Morning Buzz | Almost 20 States Passed Abortion Restrictions in 2012

According to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, abortion remained a controversial issue, with 43 new laws in 19 states restricting access to abortion services. A majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal, but their views about its… [Read more…]

The Morning Buzz | Was the “Mormon Moment” More of a Blip?

A new Pew survey reveals that despite Mitt Romney’s lengthy run for office and his much-publicized Mormon faith, 82% of Americans say they learned little to nothing about Mormonism during the 2012 campaign.

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The Morning Buzz | Is the NRA’s Influence Weakening?

As Americans continue to struggle last week’s tragic shooting, many are looking to clergy to explain how a loving God could have allowed these events to occur. Meanwhile, in this week’s graphic, Americans’ opinions about the best way to prevent mass sh… [Read more…]