New Survey Explores What it Means to be Jewish

Pew Research Center’s Survey of Jewish Americans, released just yesterday, provides a wealth of demographic and religious information. With an increasing number of Jewish Americans reporting that they are not religious, the survey asked an important question: what does it mean to be Jewish? The survey found that most Jews (62 percent) report being Jewish is primarily a matter of ancestry or culture, while 15 percent say it’s primarily a... more … [Read more...]

Age a Factor in Determining Importance of Jewish Holidays

In the Jewish tradition, the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for reflection, repentance and atonement. Most Jews consider these to be the most important to their faith, but PRRI data shows that age plays a role in determining which holidays Jews find personally significant. A majority of older Jewish Americans (53%) say Yom Kippur is the most important Jewish holiday, compared to just more... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Should Supreme Court Justices Take Public Opinion Into Account?

Should Supreme Court justices take public opinion into account when making decisions? Americans are divided - 47% say yes, while 45% say no. Learn more about Americans' perspectives on the Supreme Court and affirmative action in our new survey. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Immigration Debate Turns to Gay Spouses

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? The question, of course, for this gentleman is: why Pink Floyd? Four years ago, a popular mayor from a West Texas town left for Mexico because his partner, a man, was an undocumented immigrant. Many Americans agree that immigrants should... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | American Jews Influence Gender Debates in Israel

Women in Israel are continuing to struggle against ultra-Orthodox restrictions on women's prayer at the Western Wall, although a deal may be in sight. The dispute has inspired a great deal of negative attention from the American Jewish community, who tend to sympathize with the women, rather than the ultra-Orthodox rabbis. A majority (53%) of American Jews agree that ultra-Orthodox control of life in Israel is a major problem. (Thanks to Arnie for sending this in!) … [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 | 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 | Jewish Groups File Briefs in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

The central organizations of every Jewish denomination except Orthodoxy (and one lone Orthodox rabbi) filed amicus briefs in favor of overturning the federal government's ban on same-sex marriage. More than 8-in-10 (81%) American Jews favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Has Obama’s Presidency Changed Racial Attitudes?

Has racial resentment increased since President Obama's election, or is it on the decline? Turns out, the answer to this question really depends on who you ask. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | New Survey Finds Large Gender Gap on Valentine’s Day Expectations

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? If your cat needs a birthday present, may I suggest this? Our new survey finds large gender gaps on men and women’s expectations for Valentine’s Day. Men are twenty points more likely than women to predict that they will have... more … [Read more...]


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