Is the American Dream Dead?

Is the American Dream dead? Maybe in the South, according to new data from researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As Matthew O’Brien reports in The Atlantic, the study finds that those who strive to move up economically have about the same chances as people did in the 1950s. However, your economic prospects depend not only on indicators like race, inequality, and family structure, but also on region and the degree of inequality in your local community. O’Brien notes that the big … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Teen Birth Rates Decline Among Hispanics

A new government report found that teen birth rates have declined substantially among Hispanic Americans over the past five years. A majority of Hispanic Americans agree that birth control should be available to teenagers age 16 and older without parental consent. … [Read more...]

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 | Does Sanford’s Political Redemption Bode Well for Others?

Mark Sanford's political redemption at the ballot box on Tuesday bodes well for other disgraced politicians, like Anthony Weiner, who may be mulling a new bid for elected office? Or was Sanford's indiscretion simply more forgivable? … [Read more...]

New Survey Illuminates Differences Among the World’s Muslims

A new survey shows that American Muslims feel more at ease in contemporary Western pluralistic societies than their co-religionists in other parts of the world. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | New Study Shows Growing Wealth Gap Between Races

A new Urban Institute study shows that over the past five years, the wealth gap between white Americans and racial minorities has widened substantially. Black (78%) and Hispanic (78%) Americans are also more likely than white Americans (54%) to agree that our society would be better off if the distribution of wealth was more equal. … [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...]

Figuring Faith | Will the Boston Bombing Change American Attitudes About Muslims and Immigration Reform?

In this week's column for Figuring Faith, Dr. Robert P. Jones examines the data on Americans' attitudes toward Muslims and immigration reform. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | American Muslims and the Boston Bombings

In the wake of last week's tragic bombings in Boston, some are now wondering whether there will be a backlash against Muslims in the United States. Less than half of Americans say that self-proclaimed Muslims who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam are not really Muslims. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Dr. Robert P. Jones Discusses American Attitudes Toward Islam

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? Don’t text and drive, and certainly don’t text and fly a helicopter. A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics explores the frequency and nature of pre-marital cohabitation. At IslamiCommentary Dr. Robert P. Jones discusses American attitudes toward Islam. Americans... more … [Read more...]


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