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. … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

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 American Jews named Israel as their top voting priority for the 2012. … [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. … [Read more...]

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 the media. … [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 morality are far more complex. … [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. … [Read more...]

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 shootings in the future. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | How Do Top Earners Feel About Being Taxed More Heavily?

How do top earners feel about being taxed more heavily? More than 6-in-10 Americans who make more than $100,000 a year agree that the government should raise taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Did the Auto Bailout Decide the Election?

At the Washington Post, Georgetown professor Dan Hopkins argues that the auto bailout didn't decide the election. Roughly 6-in-10 voters nationally (59%), in Ohio (59%), and in battleground states (61%), agree that the government should have acted to help the American auto industry. … [Read more...]