April, 2012

Millennials Remain Hopeful About Their Future, Despite Economic Obstacles

[04.30.2012]

You’ve got to hand it to them: younger Millennials (age 18-24) are optimistic. Specifically, they’re optimistic about the economy and their own economic prospects in the long term, which may come as a surprise to those of us who are not of this generation. After all, it often seems like the chips are stacked against them: recent college graduates face a truly horrific job market, while the price of undergraduate […]

April 30, 2012

[04.30.2012]

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? Riddle me this: If a baseball and bat cost $110, and the bat costs $100 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost? The answer may reveal more about you than you think (at least according to these psychologists). […]

April 27, 2012

[04.27.2012]

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? Some protesters appeared sporting waxed mustaches, a riding crop, top hats, and even (I think?) a banjo, in an attempt to stop Abercrombie & Fitch from opening up a store on London’s posh Saville Row. House Speaker John Boehner informed […]

Why Are Millennials Leaving the Church?

[04.26.2012]

In this week’s installment of “Figuring Faith,” Dr. Robert P. Jones explores the high levels of religious disaffiliation among younger Millennials (age 18-24). The 2012 Millennial Values survey showed that significant numbers of Millennials are leaving their childhood religions to identify as religiously unaffiliated, a shift that has profound implications for clergy and churches. There are also clues to some of the factors that may be driving the movement away […]

April 26, 2012

[04.26.2012]

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? Timothy Egan, a NYT blogger, posits that the most successful presidents also had a penchant for wine and spirits. Correlation, or causation? Hmm… Newt Gingrich announced that he is suspending his campaign, starting on May 1. Just in time for […]

New Harvard Survey Confirms PRRI/Berkley Center Findings on Young Millennial Vote

[04.25.2012]

A new study from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics shows Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney by 12 points (41% vs. 29% respectively) among younger Millennials (age 18-24). This is gap is nearly identical to the one found in 2012 Millennial Values Survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs where Obama led a generic Republican by 13 points (49% vs. 36% […]

April 25, 2012

[04.25.2012]

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? Louisiana residents, I am sorry to say that yours is the least peaceful state in the nation. In an article for the Daily Beast, Peter Beinart argues that Democrats are more anti-Mormon than Republicans, but adds that the Democratic Party […]

Romney, Student Loans, and Republican Millennials

[04.24.2012]

Mitt Romney undercut President Obama’s latest attempt to shore up support among young voters when he announced that he, too, supports an extension of student loan interest rates, which are set to double in July, from 3.4% to 6.8%. For young adults with bachelor’s degrees, unemployment rates are high and median wages are low. The White House estimates that more than 7 million students would be affected by the rate […]

Trayvon Martin and Racial Tensions Among College-Age Millennials

[04.24.2012]

College students across the country have expressed outrage at the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American boy who was shot by George Zimmerman, a self-appointment neighborhood watchman. Zimmerman, who was recently released on bail, was not originally arrested for the killing, but now faces second-degree murder charges. Martin’s death has raised a heated national debate about racial issues in the U.S. today, and despite assumptions that younger Americans […]

April 24, 2012

[04.24.2012]

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? E.B. White is charming, and even adjusted for inflation, the New Yorker was much cheaper in 1932. Disgraced presidential hopeful (and former trial lawyer) John Edwards went on trial yesterday. Strong majorities of Americans believe that both financial and sexual […]