Could a New “Smart Gun” Change the Way Americans Think about Gun Control?

Today's Buzz covers a new smart gun, President Obama's focus on addressing poverty, and whether the religious right movement has fallen in America. … [Read more...]

Best Places to Live in the U.S., Presidents’ Day (?) Wrap-up and Race in America

Today's Buzz covers President Obama and his faith, the history of Presidents' Day, and a look at the best and worst places to live in America. … [Read more...]

PRRI’s Dr. Robert Jones Discusses Surprising Findings from Global Catholic Poll on NPR’s Interfaith Voices

On Sunday, Dr. Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, appeared on NPR’s Interfaith Voices to discuss with host Maureen Fiedler the findings of a recent Univision poll that finds a large divide between Catholics around the world and the Vatican when it comes to social issues. Listen to their conversation about the numbers on same-sex marriage, contraception and abortion, the role of women in the church, and Pope Francis here. … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day: Past and Present

Today is Valentine’s Day, the holiday that celebrates romance and love and is named for a martyred priest who officiated marriages. The holiday dates back to the 5th century and has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. Although crime, imprisonment and execution lie at the genesis of Valentine’s Day, current tradition calls for people to exchange flowers, candy and gifts with their special someone. And if the past is any... more … [Read more...]

Georgia Sheriff Cancels Valentine’s Day Due to Weather

Today's Buzz covers a divide among Catholic bishops on LGBT rights, new numbers on Obamacare enrollees, and some facts and figures on Valentine's Day. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Join PRRI for the Release of a New National Survey Exploring a Decade of Change in American Attitudes about LGBT Issues

On Wednesday, February 26, at 10:00 a.m. EST, leading researchers will discuss a major new survey exploring a decade of change in American attitudes on LGBT-related issues and the impact of religion and culture on those attitudes. The study, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, will be released amid the backdrop of rising support for legal rights for LGBT Americans and prominent legal battles over same-sex marriage in Utah and... more … [Read more...]

President Obama Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Workers

Today's Buzz covers a raise in the federal minimum wage, a new survey on Catholics in America and around the world, and controversy over the way Bob Jones University has handled cases of sexual assault. … [Read more...]

God Talk: A New Book by Paul Djupe and Brian Calfano

God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion, a just-released volume examining whether and how religion influences public opinion, politics and candidates, is the latest book co-authored by PRRI affiliated scholar Paul Djupe of Denison University and Missouri State University’s Brian Calfano. The authors use use experimental methodology to understand how elites might use religion to influence the public as well as how the public reacts to the use of politics by religious e … [Read more...]

New Survey Examines Catholic Attitudes toward Church Doctrine

A full 87 percent of Catholics polled report Pope Francis is doing an excellent or a good job as pontiff. However, respondents disagree with Catholic doctrine on some social issues. For instance, a majority (65 percent) say abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and more than three-quarters (78 percent) support the use of contraception. … [Read more...]

Washington State Governor Issues Moratorium on Death Penalty

Today's Buzz covers a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state, the historically inaccurate inclusion of camels in Genesis, and new efforts to address economic inequality. … [Read more...]


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