The Morning Buzz | July 30, 2012

A federal court ruled that a Catholic-owned company in Colorado does not have to follow the Obama administration's new policy on no-cost contraception. A majority (53%) of Americans believe that privately owned small businesses should provide birth control to their employees at no cost through their insurance. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 23, 2012

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? A question for the ages, posed by Morning Buzz reader Arnie: How much is an unsaleable bald eagle worth? An atheist group expressed their displeasure with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack after he publicly announced that he prays daily for rain.... more … [Read more...]

How Do Americans Perceive Minorities?

In November 2012, when millions of Americans go to polling stations, they will cast their vote for either a black or Mormon presidential candidate. Intergroup attitudes will play a significant role in an election where, for the first time, two men with minority backgrounds have been selected for candidacy by the major parties. Scholars have found that minority candidates have a hard time finding electoral support among white Americans. So,... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 17, 2012

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? However much Americans dislike Congress, at least we don’t have a cat serving in the House of Representatives. Yet. Students are relying less heavily on their parents to pay for college, according to a new study from Sallie Mae. Instead,... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 5, 2012

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 U.S. government would like to make extra-sure that you know mermaids don’t exist. No word, though, on whether Singapore’s mascot, the “merlion” (a creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish) is a myth. A new Pew Research Center poll reveals that despite the immense (immense!) amou … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 27, 2012

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? Apparently, some oenophiles are not as discerning as they would like to think: a new marketing survey revealed that participants not only like wines with fancy-sounding names better, they’re willing to shell out more for them.  A good old-fashioned generation gap is nothing new to public opinion researchers (see Am … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 18, 2012

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? What would The Wizard of Oz look like if the Emerald City were in China? In an op-ed for the New York Times, one Mormon added his voice to the 36% of registered voters who do not believe that the Mormon faith is a Christian religion, declaring that he is “emphatically” not a Christian. Atheists are speaking o … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 15, 2012

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? One brave journalist has discovered the solution to the euro crisis: lock Angela Merkel in a room with “Call Me Maybe” on repeat. Can’t hurt to try it, right? Take a look at these maps, which show why, in 2008, nearly half of the women who obtained an abortion in Kansas traveled from another state for t … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 6, 2012

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? Let’s face it, the British really know how to throw a party and the world loves watching them. Here are some pictures from Monday’s star studded Diamond Jubilee concert, which aired last night on ABC. If you’ve ever wondered where to get your own jelly mold of the Queen’s face, your search is ove … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | June 4, 2012

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? This, my friends, is no ordinary cat video.  The appeal of anti-Mormonism is simple, says a historian: it makes other people feel good. The debate over the placement of crosses at the entrance to a public university in Texas continues. Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans agree that we must maintain a strict separ … [Read more...]


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