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? Sarah Palin finally announced that she’s not running for president, saying that now she can be more “unshackled” and “active.” Only time will tell what she means by that.
A TV adaptation of an Islam-inspired comic has sparked unexpected resistance in the United States among people disturbed by the idea of a superhero wearing a burqa. Burqas have been coming up in the news a lot recently, as Switzerland became the most recent European country to consider banning them, but as we pointed out in a blog post earlier this week, younger Americans in particular say that they are comfortable with Muslim women wearing burqas in public.
A new poll from a Christian-affiliated polling organization, the Barna Group, shows that, compared to Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, Americans consider Barack Obama to be more honest and intelligent than his rivals.
Also via the Barna Group (via Paul Wallace blogging at Religion Dispatches), a new report explains that young people say they’re leaving churches because they believe that churches are “antagonistic” toward science. For more on Americans’ views on evolution, climate change, and what scientists think about both of these hot-button issues, check out this recent PRRI survey.
What would a “Mormon approach” to the economy look like? A Mormon professor at Harvard Business School shares his thoughts on the subject. For more on what Americans think about Capitalism and Christian values, take a look at this PRRI survey report from last March.
And an interesting question from Slate: will the iPhone’s new “personal assistant” be able to comprehend different accents?
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