April 16, 2012

[04.16.2012]

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data.

Turns out, the “war on women” is not a buzz word that was coined recently.

Two leading anti-abortion groups endorsed Mitt Romney. Considering that 80% of white evangelicals say that “pro-life” describes them well, this may give Romney some credibility among this important conservative constituency.

Will President Obama run a positive campaign this election cycle? It may prove to be a more difficult proposition than it was in 2008.

The Tennessee legislature (which has been busy lately) approved an update to the state’s abstinence-only sex education bill that would define kissing and holding hands as “gateway sexual activities.” Nearly 8-in-10 (78%) Americans support comprehensive sex education.

The “Buffett Rule” heads for a Senate vote on Monday and to an undetermined fate. Yet even as its passage remains uncertain, it is viewed very favorably among the general public. Seven-in-ten Americans say they favor raising the tax rate on America’s wealthiest citizens.

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