September, 2011

September 30, 2011

[09.30.2011]

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?  It’s Friday!  Take a deep breath, and look at this adorable picture of a tiger cub getting a big ol’ lick from its mom. L’Shanah Tovah to all of the Jews who are in shul and not reading this!  It’s […]

Evangelical Woman Criticizes “Biblical Womanhood” By Embracing It

[09.30.2011]

Although the idea of Biblical womanhood may seem foreign to some, it’s a crucial concept for the solid majority (66%) of white evangelical Christians who believe that the Bible is the literal word of God.  Last October, a self-identified evangelical Christian blogger and author named Rachel Held Evans set out to test this scriptural literalism by taking it to its logical extreme.  In her year-long “Womanhood Project,” she resolved to […]

Research Note: American Attitudes on the Death Penalty

[09.29.2011]

A strong majority (67%) of Americans currently favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder. According to surveys conducted between April and July 2011, a majorities of virtually every demographic group favor capital punishment.

Want To Know More About American Attitudes on the Death Penalty?

[09.29.2011]

You’re in luck!  If you’ve been following our coverage of the recent debates on the death penalty, either in “Figuring Faith” or on the blog, you may want to know more about what Americans think about the death penalty.  Toddle right over to our research page to see our latest research note, “American Attitudes on the Death Penalty” and learn about differences along partisan, racial, religious, gender and generational lines, […]

September 29, 2011

[09.29.2011]

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?  And speaking of buzzing, I woke up this morning with a mosquito circling my face – if only I’d read this New York Times article about cheaply killing mosquitoes, I wouldn’t have had to spend the first few minutes of […]

September 28, 2011

[09.28.2011]

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?  To all the women out there, if you were thinking about quitting coffee, think again.  Turns out drinking two-three cups a day staves off depression.  Researchers were careful to add that this is just an association, but the coffee-addicts of […]

Will Catholics Take Action on Same-Sex Marriage?

[09.27.2011]

Over the past few weeks, two of the most influential figures in the global Catholic hierarchy spoke out, urging Catholics to join together in the moral struggle against same-sex marriage.  Pope Benedict XVI, in a much-publicized trip to his homeland, Germany, identified same-sex marriage as a critical threat, not just to the integrity of Catholicism, but to Christianity as a whole.  Closer to home, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York […]

September 27, 2011

[09.27.2011]

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?  And, because I’m feeling a little cranky this morning, some words of advice to the gentleman I saw this morning riding a Bikeshare bike, wearing no helmet and listening to his iPod: do not do that. Take a peek at […]

September 26, 2011

[09.26.2011]

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? An openly gay Mormon was selected for LDS church leadership in San Francisco.  The church’s bishop said that he wanted, in part, to try to draw back members of the congregation that had stopped attending church.  PRRI research shows that […]

Gay Soldier Booed at GOP Debate: What Will Independent Voters Think?

[09.23.2011]

Although the Republican candidates are making sure that there are enough zingers to make the frequency of the primary debates more tolerable than they otherwise would be (thank you, Gary Johnson), the audience has also sparked comment in the past two debates.  First, there were cheers after a question about whether an uninsured man should be allowed to die.  Then the audience made news again last night, when a handful […]