War on Poverty Turns 50

Today's Buzz covers same-sex marriage in Utah, a look at who's impoverished in America today, and how to teach kids gratitude. … [Read more...]

Colorado Won’t be the Only State to Legalize Marijuana Sales for Long

As marijuana became legal this week in Colorado, the state became the only place in the world where marijuana is regulated from seed to sale. The historic move follows an important shift in public opinion on the legalization of marijuana — in 2013, a majority of Americans supported legalizing the drug for the first time. … [Read more...]

Democrats Believe Minimum Wage Will Be a Winning Issue in 2014. Are They Right?

As Democratic and Republican congressional candidates prepare for the 2014 local and national elections, each party is seeking to find an issue that will rally support among voters; according to Jonathan Martin and Michael D. Shear’s latest for The New York Times, Democratic Party leaders may have found it in their efforts to increase the minimum wage. … [Read more...]

PRRI-RNS Holiday Survey Gains National Media Attention

In case you missed it, PRRI’s latest survey, conducted in partnership with Religion News Service, received significant national media coverage this week! … [Read more...]

New Mexico Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Today's Buzz covers holiday spending, same-sex marriage, and Pope Francis's most interesting moments during the year. … [Read more...]

Polarized Holiday Shopping: Are you Target and Starbucks, or Wal-Mart and Dunkin’ Donuts?

Packed parking lots, long lines, and crowds of customers make shopping one of the most visible hallmarks of the holiday season across the country. This year, Americans who celebrate Christmas plan to purchase gifts totaling an average of $914, according to PRRI’s latest survey, conducted in partnership with Religion News Service. … [Read more...]

War on Christmas? More Americans OK with “Happy Holidays”

Today's Buzz covers holiday spending, NSA monitoring, and Americans' opinions on the historical accuracy of the Christmas story! … [Read more...]

13 Top Religion and Politics Findings from 2013

It's been an exciting year for research on politics and religion, with key new data emerging on hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, immigration reform and raising the minimum wage, and on important groups such as the Tea Party, Hispanics, and Catholics. As originally posted on "Figuring Faith," my blog at The Washington Post, here are the Public Religion Research Institute’s top 13 findings from 2013! … [Read more...]

American Psychological Association Says Gun Violence is Public Health Issue

Today's Buzz covers the Virgin of Guadalupe, recommendations for addressing gun violence, and the ramifications of increasing the minimum wage. … [Read more...]

In Capitalism Critique, Pope Francis May Have More in Common with Evangelicals than Catholics

American Catholics are slightly more inclined than the general population to say the system is working very (10 percent) or somewhat (48 percent) well, while 38 percent say the system is not working well. However, less than half of white evangelical Protestants believe capitalism is working very well (10 percent) or somewhat well (35 percent), while nearly half (49 percent) say it is not working too well or at all well. … [Read more...]


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