Morning Buzz | Did Cantor’s support for immigration reform cost him re-election?

Today's Morning Buzz covers Rep. Eric Cantor's primary defeat, new Graphic of the Week, media coverage of our newest immigration survey, student loans, lack of federal employees under the age of 30, and a map of the variety of health care costs. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | What Religious and Spiritual Experiences Tell Us about the Brain

Today's Buzz covers how the recession affected jobs in every industry, Supreme Court declines to hear appeal to reinstate Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages, how religious and spiritual experiences affect the brain, the surge of progressive Christianity, Maureen Dowd gets uncomfortably high, the 70th anniversary of D-Day. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Transgender Movement Challenges Long-held American Attitudes

Today's Buzz covers Time's cover story on the transgender revolution, Catholic bishops again travel to DC to fight for immigration reform, men still out-earn women, Millennials eschew life insurance, Orrin Hatch concedes same-sex marriage will soon be federal law, Clint Eastwood's birthday. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Millennials Skeptical of the Good Book While Louisiana Embraces It

In today's Buzz: Millennials skeptical of the Bible, Louisiana introduces bill to make the Bible its state book, Democrats represent some of the wealthiest and poorest House districts, the immense challenge facing crews hoping to recover Malaysia Flight 370's black box, and Barbara Ehrenrich's new book. … [Read more...]

Morning Buzz | Is it possible to be evangelical and support same-sex marriage?

Today's Buzz reports on Honey Maid's artistic response to negative and positive reactions to its ad featuring biracial families and families with same-sex parents, why people might lie about religious behavior, reasons for the sky-rocketing cost of college tuition, Hobby Lobby at odds with Christian women, Gospel of Jesus's Wife traced to ancient times, evangelicals and same-sex marriage, and 1943 responses from American workers about having taxes deducted from wages. … [Read more...]

PunditFact Rates Ralph Reed’s Comments about Millennials and Abortion “False,” Based on PRRI Data

Last Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, conservative activist and chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed said Millennials (Americans ages 18 to 33) are "more pro-life than Baby Boomers and older Americans." Political columnist Ron Fournier with National Journal quickly disagreed, arguing Millennials are equally pro-life as older Americans. After the broadcast, PunditFact endeavored to set the record straight and relies on PRRI data to do so. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Indicates Catholic Church Could Support Same-sex Civil Unions

Today's Buzz covers a new magazine about Pope Francis, along with the pontiff's remarks that the Catholic Church may be able to support same-sex civil unions and a look at why Millennials are leaving religion. … [Read more...]

New York Times Op-ed includes “Striking Findings” from PRRI’s New LGBT Survey

  New York Times Columnist Charles M. Blow includes “striking findings” from PRRI’s report, A Shifting Landscape, in his op-ed today, “No Country for Old Mores.” In the piece, Blow asserts that even though Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, the bill and others like it have damaged the Republican “brand.” He points to PRRI data that shows majorities of support for same-sex marriage among people of several religious groups... more … [Read more...]

Was Coca-Cola Right? America’s Growing Religious Diversity

"It's Beautiful," a Coca-Cola advertisement shown during the Super Bowl, encapsulates American ethnic and religious diversity and has prompted a diversity of responses on social media. A recent PRRI survey shows the growing religious differences between seniors, America's oldest adults, and Millenials, America's youngest adults are dramatic. More than 7-in-10 (71 percent) seniors identify as some type of white Christian. In contrast, less than 3-in-10 (28 percent) of Millennials identify as … [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...]


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