Figuring Faith | The Values Behind Support For Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

A new survey from PRRI and the Brookings Institution shows that majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans favor allowing illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements. But what values are inspiring this unusual political unity on a controversial issue? … [Read more...]

Graphic of the Week | How Should the Immigration System Deal With Illegal Immigrants?

This week's graphic, using data from PRRI's Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey, illustrates the overall consensus among Americans on how the immigration system should deal with illegal immigrants, which crosses party lines. … [Read more...]

Graphic of the Week | How Should the Immigration System Deal With Illegal Immigrants?

This week's graphic, using data from PRRI's Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey, illustrates the overall consensus among Americans on how the immigration system should deal with illegal immigrants, which crosses party lines. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | New Study Finds 30 Percent Decline in Newsroom Staff Since 2000

A new report finds that newsroom staffs are 30% smaller than they were just over a decade ago. This and other must-read findings about the news industry are available in a fascinating infographic. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Hispanic American Catholics

As the first Pope from the region that currently includes a plurality of the world’s Catholic population, Pope Francis I's election signals the importance of Latin America to the Church. Francis’ election may also help rekindle Catholicism among those in the U.S. with roots in Latin America: the Hispanic population. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Hispanic American Catholics

As the first Pope from the region that currently includes a plurality of the world’s Catholic population, Pope Francis I's election signals the importance of Latin America to the Church. Francis’ election may also help rekindle Catholicism among those in the U.S. with roots in Latin America: the Hispanic population. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | Sen. Portman and the “Friends and Family” Effect on Same-Sex Marriage

Late last week, GOP Sen. Rob Portman shocked commentators and fellow politicians by reversing his position on same-sex marriage, saying that his decision was inspired by his son, who is gay. In his latest for "Figuring Faith," Dr. Robert P. Jones shows that this "family and friends effect" is quite potent when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | GOP Senator Reverses Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

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? Vintage National Geographic photos are the best way to start the week. Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced on Friday that he was reversing his position on same-sex marriage because of his son’s sexual orientation. Is the media fueling recent state-level pushes... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Assault Weapons Ban

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved an assault weapons ban yesterday, although it seems unlikely that the bill will make it through the GOP-controlled House. Only 3-in-10 Republicans favor stricter gun control laws. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Cardinals Elect First Pope from Global South

The Catholic Cardinals elected Jorge Maria Bergoglio as the next pope in a surprisingly swift conclave. Bergoglio will be the first Latin American pope, and announced that he will take the name Pope Francis I. He is known for his emphasis on social justice, which will likely resonate with Catholics from the U.S., 60% of whom want the Catholic Church to emphasize social justice issues over abortion and the right to life. … [Read more...]


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