October, 2011

Sexual Harassment Allegations Could Damage Cain’s Popularity Among White Evangelicals

[10.31.2011]

It’s only noon on Monday, but it already seems like it’s not going to be Herman Cain’s week. On Sunday, Politico broke the story on allegations of sexual harassment leveled at Cain during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Sources say that “sexually suggestive behavior by Cain” made them “angry and uncomfortable.” According to the story, the women signed agreements with the NRA that gave them […]

Which GOP Candidate Will Catholic Conservatives Choose?

[10.31.2011]

We’ve been writing so much about white evangelical Protestants recently that you might be forgiven for thinking that they’re the only religious subgroup that politicians (at least, the candidates in the race for the GOP nomination) care about. Over at Time’s Swampland blog, Amy Sullivan asks a great question: have we been focusing so hard on white evangelicals that we’ve forgotten about Catholic Republicans? After all, they comprise about one-quarter […]

October 31, 2011

[10.31.2011]

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? Happy Halloween! Fun fact: According to the Washington Post, Americans are so depressed about the state of politics that they’d rather dress up as Beyonce Knowles than Sarah Palin. If you missed this week’s “Figuring Faith” from our CEO, Dr. […]

Another Look at Mitt Romney’s “Mormon Problem”

[10.28.2011]

Amid the tweets about Herman Cain’s YouTube ads, suggestions for Halloween costumes and up-to-the-minute notes about the Occupy protests across the country, there’s been a lot of discussion in my Twitter feed about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith and what it means for his electoral chances this time around. But the 140 characters constraint often results in the complexity of the situation getting lost, especially when you remember […]

The Secret Ingredient in Herman Cain’s Success

[10.28.2011]

How did Herman Cain jump from third-tier candidate to serious contender in a matter of weeks? Now that he’s jostling Mitt Romney for frontrunner status in the GOP primary, I have some insightful analysis on just why Cain is so popular, particularly among white evangelical Protestants. Turns out it may have less to do with Cain’s excellence as a candidate, and more about his rivals’ failings. A new survey by […]

October 28, 2011

[10.28.2011]

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? It’s almost Halloween, and in the midst of obsessing about my costume, I happened upon this nifty little tool from the BBC. Nothing to distract you from Halloween mania like a good reality check about your own insignificance. There has […]

Should We Be Surprised by the New Numbers on Romney’s Religion?

[10.27.2011]

Last July, only 4 in 10 Americans could correctly identify Mitt Romney’s religion. Today, a new survey shows that Americans are no more informed about Romney’s Mormon faith than they were three months ago – only 42% correctly identify him as Mormon. This total absence of change may seem surprising, given that Romney’s Mormonism has been in the news ever since Robert Jeffress, a prominent evangelical pastor, publicly encouraged Republicans […]

October 27, 2011

[10.27.2011]

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? I can tell you one thing – you’ll never impress your dinner party guests unless you can serve metallic-colored food, courtesy of Food Finish. Armed with this product, you can create a “chrome trout” or “gold-plated asparagus tips.” You’ll be […]

October 26, 2011

[10.26.2011]

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? If you want to scare (or anger) your friends who remain loyal to Google Plus, send them this ecard. Did Herman Cain “flip-flop-flip” on abortion?  Does he sound “vaguely pro-choice,” despite his recent insistence that he is “100% pro-life”? Or […]

White Evangelical Protestants, Tea Partiers, and the Climate Change Debate

[10.25.2011]

Earlier this week, Eugene Robinson wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, lambasting the “neo-Luddites” (read: politicians) who he says are turning the GOP into an anti-science party. He zeroes in on climate change skeptics, citing a recent study by Richard Muller, a physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, who along with his team at the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, “rigorously explored the specific objections raised by skeptics […]