December, 2011

December 30, 2011

[12.30.2011]

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 getting real, folks: like the news, today’s Buzz will be all about Iowa. A burglary suspect eluded police in a wooded area in Des Moines! Oh yeah, and there may have been some news about the caucus… Rick Santorum, […]

December 29, 2011

[12.29.2011]

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? Good news for people who are irritated by slip-ups like this one at Whole Foods: kosher food giant Manischewitz is marketing products that they say will appeal to wider audiences. Mediterranean matzos? Sign me up! According to the New York […]

December 28, 2011

[12.28.2011]

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? I’m back from vacation and happy that you got a few installments of the Buzz in my absence. It’s time to start thinking forward to 2012! I normally scoff at New Year’s resolutions, but this list – made by Woody […]

Whither the White Evangelicals’ Candidate

[12.27.2011]

White evangelical Protestants, that key Republican demographic, are on everyone’s mind as the Iowa caucus moves closer and closer. But as I, and Daniel Cox, PRRI Research Director, write in an op-ed for the Huffington Post, evangelicals are far from throwing their collective support behind one candidate. While this isn’t likely to mean that evangelicals will swing over to Barack Obama, their lack of enthusiasm could be a serious hurdle […]

December 22, 2011

[12.22.2011]

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? Did you forget to get that special someone a gift? Try cooking them a delicious meal and they may just forget all about it. Click here to check out some great recipes. And for those of you who simply can’t […]

Lincoln Chafee and The Politics of Christmas

[12.21.2011]

Earlier this month, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee clashed with constituents and religious leaders after insisting that the 17-foot spruce inside the statehouse was a “holiday” tree. Chafee said that the choice not to call it a “Christmas tree” was in keeping with the state’s history as a haven for religious dissenters. Others – including a group of carolers who crashed the tree-lighting singing “O Christmas Tree” – said that […]

December 21, 2011

[12.21.2011]

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? While Amelia is out on her much deserved Christmas vacation, I will be commandeering the Morning Buzz for the next couple of days. For all of you who are dying to wish your friends and family members “Merry Christmas” in […]

Could Michele Bachmann Surge Again? Maybe…

[12.20.2011]

Michele Bachmann hasn’t stolen the spotlight from the other contenders for the Republican presidential ticket since she won the Ames straw poll last summer (except, of course, after making erroneous claims about the HPV vaccine). But she’s stuck out this increasingly unpredictable race, continuing to lag in the polls while first Rick Perry, then Herman Cain, and finally Newt Gingrich surged to front-runner status. Pundits are claiming that Gingrich’s star […]

December 20, 2011

[12.20.2011]

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 Hanukkah! If you’ve managed to miss the Maccabeats’ cover of Hasidic rapper Matisyahu’s “Miracle,” check it out here. Matisyahu recently made news by shaving off his iconic beard (and at the Daily Beast, he also calls out J.K. Rowling […]

In Their Own Words: Behind Republican Voters’ Views of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich

[12.19.2011]

We asked Republicans who had favorable and unfavorable impressions of Mitt Romney and New Gingrich to tell us in their own words why they had a favorable or unfavorable view of each candidate.