Minimum Wage: Would You Like a Raise With That?

The federal minimum wage, which was last increased in 2009 to its current $7.25 an hour, has been the subject of renewed interest on Capitol Hill and around the country. … [Read more...]

Support for Increasing the Minimum Wage Crosses Religious, Party Lines

Today's Buzz covers talks about increasing the federal minimum wage, a fast for immigration reform, and how holiday shopping in the United States compares to countries around the world! … [Read more...]

Should Evangelical Leaders Tone Down their Rhetoric on Social Issues?

Today's Buzz covers the Pope's reaction to Germany's "Bishop of Bling," the generational shift in evangelical politics and how to re-wire your brain for happiness! … [Read more...]

Laura Olson: How Will Millennials and Shifting Demographics Affect America’s Religious Culture?

Laura Olson, Clemson University political science professor and editor-in-chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, offered an interesting analysis of how Millennials are reshaping America’s demographic and religious landscape as part of a panel discussion on the 2013 Economic Values Survey, released at the Brookings Institution. “They are less white than previous generations [and] they are less religious than previous generations,” Olson said. She added that the... more … [Read more...]

50 Years Later, Economic Disparities Remain

During the 1963 March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said black Americans live “on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” On August 28, the most memorable civil rights protest in American history will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Civil rights groups, labor unions and religious organizations organized the march around the theme, “Jobs and Freedom.” Economic concerns were a central... more … [Read more...]

William Galston: Do You Need God to Have Good Values?

Brookings Institution scholar and co-author of the 2013 Economic Values Survey report William Galston offered up some interesting insights about Americans’ views on the relationship between religion and morality during the report’s July 18 launch and panel discussion at Brookings. “If you look at the country as a whole, it’s split almost down the middle,” Galston said, pointing out that a slim majority “agree that it’s necessary to believe in... more … [Read more...]

E.J. Dionne: Support for Greater Economic Equality among the Faithful; Doubts about Government Remain

    Brookings Institution scholar and co-author of the 2013 Economic Values Survey E.J. Dionne contributed significantly to the conversation on the report’s findings during the July 18 launch event and panel discussion at Brookings, highlighting in particular the relationship between religion and social justice. “Among people of faith in general, there is strong support for greater economic fairness and compassion toward those in need,” he said, adding that the... more … [Read more...]

Location, Location, Location: How Your Hometown Affects Your Economic Mobility

The issue of economic mobility has sparked renewed interest, with a recent report finding that your childhood hometown plays a significant role in how easily you’ll advance to higher income brackets as an adult. David Leonhardt’s latest piece for The New York Times examines the study, which finds rates of upward mobility are higher in metropolitan areas where poor families are dispersed among mixed-income neighborhoods. It also finds that children... more … [Read more...]

New Survey Finds More than 4-in-10 Americans Say Capitalism Isn’t Working Well

As Americans digest news of Detroit’s bankruptcy, the largest municipal filing in the country’s history, some wonder whether the U.S. economic system is to blame. Our new 2013 Economic Values Survey, just released yesterday, shows that while most Americans believe American capitalism is functioning, few give it high marks. A majority (54 percent) of Americans believe American capitalism is working very (9 percent) or somewhat well (45 percent), while more... more … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | Religious Progressives Hold Stronger Appeal Among Millennials

In my latest column for Figuring Faith, I examine the positions of both religious conservatives and religious progressives in light of new findings from PRRI’s 2013 Economic Values Survey, released today. Although the religious left receives significantly less academic and media coverage than the religious right, the group’s younger and more diverse population may soon contribute to a shift in the American religious landscape.  Despite the lack of attention given the... more … [Read more...]


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