The Morning Buzz | Sen. Rand Paul Courts Evangelical Voters

Sen. Rand Paul is aggressively courting evangelical voters in an attempt to win over the GOP establishment. This shouldn't be too difficult, given Sen. Paul's Tea Party roots - a 2010 PRRI analysis showed significant overlap between the Christian conservative movement and the Tea Party movement. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | The Religious Roots of New England’s Support for Gay Marriage

If Rhode Island legalizes same-sex marriage, New England will become the first region in the U.S. where all of the states allow gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. What are the religious roots of these concentrated levels of support? … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Gov. Chris Christie to Push for Expanded Background Checks

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seeking expanded background checks for gun purchases and parental consent laws for minors to buy video games. Christie, a Republican, is up for reelection in Democratic-leaning New Jersey, but has also been considered a contender for the 2016 Republican nomination. The move has benefits in the short-term, but consequences in the long-term: Christie's actions are likely to help him among Democrats, but not among Republicans. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Evangelical Leaders to Meet in Washington to Lobby on Immigration

The Republican National Committee reaffirmed its opposition to gay marriage late last week, a move that will likely endear the party to its base, but threatens to alienate younger supporters. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Will Hispanic Evangelicals Blunt Democratic Advantage among Hispanic Voters

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? Recall the Nutella thieves of Columbia University? They’ve been outdone. Two influential senators may be on the cusp of a bipartisan breakthrough to expand background checks for gun buyers. Two-thirds (67%) of Americans are in favor of stricter enforcement of existing... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | The Challenges (and Rewards) of Interfaith Marriage

Are interfaith marriages more challenging than most people suppose? … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | 90% of Americans Say They Are In Good Health

A new poll from the Atlantic shows, puzzlingly, that 9-in-10 Americans say they are in good health. Meanwhile, 4-in-10 Americans who visit medical/health websites use them for self-diagnosis. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Should First Ladies Receive a Salary?

A new C-SPAN poll finds that 65% of Americans say it's okay for first ladies to hold a job while her husband is president, although only 40% say the first lady should receive a government salary. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | D.C. Residents Most Likely to Identify as LGBT

New data from Gallup shows that residents in the District of Columbia are most likely to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (10%), while people in North Dakota are least likely to identify as LGBT (1.7%). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gallup found that of the 10 states and D.C. where at least 4% of respondents identified as LGBT, seven are among the most liberal states in the country. … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]


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