The Morning Buzz | Pulpit Politicking: Properly Banned, or a Restriction on Free Speech?

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? Who will Pope Francis root for in the Italy-Argentina soccer match? With divided loyalties, the pontiff is playing it smart and hedging his bets. Go teams! New research suggests that white Americans may have a more flexible definition of meritocracy... more … [Read more...]

A Quiet Revolution: The Changing Tone of American Churches on Same-Sex Marriage

Many gay and lesbian Americans are relating to religion differently than they were a decade ago, as a group that was once largely condemned from the pulpit is finding less judgment and more acceptance in America’s places of worship. Many religious leaders are abandoning public denouncements of same-sex relationships, a result of the sharp shift in views among their congregants. Molly Ball takes a look at how this changing religious... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | One Percent of Adult U.S. Population Behind Bars

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? Were you a greaser or a goth? Check out this awesome article on the changing nomenclature of high school social posses through the decades. The American Sociological Association’s latest survey indicates the hype surrounding the hook-up culture on college campuses may be... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Judge Bans NYC’s “Stop and Frisk” Law for Singling out Minorities

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? You’ll try fried Kool-Aid when pigs fly, huh? How about when they sprint? Check out these pictures of racing piglets (outfitted in brightly colored capes), and scroll down for some of the weirdest state fair foods in history. “No Muslim Parking” signs... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Pakistani Cartoon “Burka Avenger” Set to go Global, Says Creator

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 judge in Tennessee has ordered the parents of a baby boy named Messiah to re-christen him Martin, saying their chosen name is actually a religious title earned by Jesus Christ. Messiah was the fourth fastest-growing baby name in 2012,... more … [Read more...]

Our Corner | PRRI’s Economic Values Survey Hits the Airwaves

PRRI’s 2013 Economic Values Survey, conducted in partnership with the Brookings Institution, has attracted significant media attention by providing a new perspective on the American religious landscape that identifies religious progressives, religious moderates and religious conservatives. PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones has given several radio interviews addressing the survey’s findings, including speaking on Interfaith Alliance’s State of Belief about the challenges facing the both … [Read more...]

Our Corner | PRRI’s Economic Values Survey Hits the Airwaves

PRRI’s 2013 Economic Values Survey, conducted in partnership with the Brookings Institution, has attracted significant media attention by providing a new perspective on the American religious landscape that identifies religious progressives, religious moderates and religious conservatives. PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones has given several radio interviews addressing the survey’s findings, including speaking on Interfaith Alliance’s State of Belief about the challenges facing the both … [Read more...]

Graphic of the Week: Retention Rates of Religious and Unaffiliated Americans

  Our new Graphic of the Week examines how formative experiences with or without religion impact the likelihood of identifying as religious later in life. Ninety-three percent of Americans report that they raised in a religious household, compared to just seven percent who were raised with no formal religious affiliation. As the graphic illustrates, the current religious affiliation of the two groups is markedly different. Among those who were raised... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Economic Mobility Worst in the South, Best in the West

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?  Did Daft Punk pick the MTV Video Music Awards over StePhest Colbchella, or was Colbert Punk’d? Find out, along with the rest of Hollywood royalty, right here in a clip complete with song and dance. A new study finds folks in... more … [Read more...]

Response to “Born and Raised”: Americans Share their Formative Experiences with Religion

The rising rate of religious non-affiliation, particularly among the young, has inspired thoughtful discussions about the problems with churches, or alternatively, the problem with Millennials. In his latest column for the Huffington Post Religion, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox explored an overlooked part of this important trend: the increasing number of Americans being raised without religion. The piece sparked a lively debate among readers about how growing up in a religious, or... more … [Read more...]


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