November, 2011

November 30, 2011

[11.30.2011]

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 almost December, and Consumer Reports helpfully documented some of the reasons that people “dread” the upcoming holiday season. Some are understandable (standing in long lines and dealing with crowds) but others seem just a tad grinchy (“holiday tipping,” “disappointing […]

Can Newt Gingrich Pick Up Support Among White Evangelicals?

[11.29.2011]

As Herman Cain, once the darling of a sizeable segment of the Republican primary electorate, crashes and burns under continuing revelations of sexual harassment and marital infidelity, another unlikely candidate is rising to the top of the Republican field. Evangelical Christians’ discomfort with Mitt Romney’s Mormonism and his past flirtation with political moderation on such issues like abortion has created new openings for other candidates, and Newt Gingrich is the […]

November 29, 2011

[11.29.2011]

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? Here’s a dissertation project that will make all of your schoolwork, past or present, seem distinctly uncool. Remember how yesterday we sent out a column by a Washington Post guest writer, imploring Christians to avoid Black Friday (or, presumably, Cyber […]

Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here?

[11.28.2011]

Late last week, Occupy Wall Street protesters across the country marched through cities and clashed with police as part of a “Day of Action.”  New York protesters even brought the infamous drum circle (which drew anger from protesters and residents alike before the Occupy Wall Street protesters were evicted from Zuccotti Park last Tuesday) to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Upper East Side mansion. The “Day of Action” marked the 2-month anniversary […]

November 28, 2011

[11.28.2011]

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? We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving – and we’re glad to be back! Let’s catch up on this weekend’s news. The Pew Research Center has a new set of statistics showing that while Republicans may have reservations about Mitt […]

November 21, 2011

[11.21.2011]

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? Need something whimsical and adorable to spice up your Monday morning? In a new book, artist Terry Border reimagines little romantic snapshots for household objects (spoons spooning, raisins flirting, and more!). Several blogs used PRRI’s groundbreaking data on Americans’ views […]

November 18, 2011

[11.18.2011]

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 Friday – it’s almost Thanksgiving, and the New York Times food section is going all out. Check out their wealth of food-related wisdom (and my favorite, food slideshows!) here. At Krista Tippett’s “On Being” radio show, Huffington Post Religion […]

Should the Government Help Students Pay For College?

[11.17.2011]

At the end of October, President Obama unveiled a series of executive orders calculated to address the country’s spiraling student debt crisis. The “Pay as You Earn” option would lower minimum loan payments for some students graduating in 2012, in an effort to ease what Melody Barnes, the director of the Domestic Policy Council, called “crushing loan burdens.” The average debt burden of a student graduating in 2010 was 5 […]

New Survey Explores Americans’ Views on Occupy Wall Street and Income Inequality

[11.17.2011]

The latest PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll has some fascinating findings about the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party movement. Two months after demonstrators took over New York’s Zuccotti Park to protest rising income inequality, the OWS movement equals the Tea Party in its popular support. Americans have nearly identical evaluations of the likely impact of both the OWS and the Tea Party movement, although views diverge strongly by party […]

November 17, 2011

[11.17.2011]

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 read this regularly, you know I enjoy the occasional New York Times food slideshow. This one is particularly mouth-watering. Apple green-chili pie with a cheddar crust? Honey apple pie with thyme? Mmm… A new study shows that 1.5 […]