Janelle Wong is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Director of Asian American Studies at University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Her research focuses on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Dr. Wong is the author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. She is currently working on a book about the impact Asian American and Latino evangelical Christians will have on the traditional conservative Christian movement and immigrant political participation. Recently, PRRI had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wong in depth about some of the 2014 American Values Survey’s findings on Asian Americans.
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 must resist the siren call of anti-Mormonism throughout the general election campaign. At Religion Dispatches, Joanna Brooks takes issue with his analysis, pointing out that “no polling organization has ever gathered satisfactory qualitative evidence from Democrats who express reservations about voting for a Mormon.” It’s true that, last fall, PRRI found that significantly more Democratic voters (50%) report feeling at least somewhat uncomfortable with a Mormon serving as president than Republican voters (36%) or Independent voters (38%). Whether that’s a sign of anti-Mormonism or perhaps anti-Romneyism is much harder to say.
Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on Arizona’s immigration law, a controversial piece of legislation that allows police officers to ask about the immigration status of anyone they stop. The ruling, when it comes down this summer, could have a resounding impact on immigration policy in the U.S. For more on the values that inform Americans’ views on immigration policy, check out our blog.
Conventional wisdom may assume that younger Millennials are more tolerant, but the 2012 Millennial Values Survey shows marked racial tension. Dr. Robert P. Jones has more at the Huffington Post.
A new poll from NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice shows that SuperPACs may actually discourage Americans from voting. According to the poll, nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans say that they trust government less because big donors to super PACs have more influence than regular voters.
This is just sad.