May, 2012

May 31, 2012

[05.31.2012]

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? If you ever doubted that a neon lamp could stay lit for 77 years, I’m sorry to say that this Los Angeles restaurant has proved you wrong. Talk about retro! In a column for the Washington Post, Joanna Brooks explains […]

May 30, 2012

[05.30.2012]

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? Do you, dear Morning Buzz readers, think the trees in Michigan are the right height? Less than half of Michigan voters believe they are, at least according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling. (Fifty-five percent of Michigan voters had […]

Pro-Choice and Pro-Life? On Abortion, Americans Say “It’s Complicated”

[05.29.2012]

Can terms like “pro-choice” and “pro-life” adequately capture the complexity of Americans’ views on abortion? In this week’s post for “Figuring Faith,” Dr. Robert P. Jones tackles this tough question, responding to recent data from Gallup which appears to show a sharp drop in the number of Americans who identify as “pro-choice.” Dr. Jones uses findings from a PRRI survey to show why this conclusion is more reflective of the […]

May 29, 2012

[05.29.2012]

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? Have you ever wondered where ice cream flavors go when they die? I don’t know if they go to ice cream heaven, but at least at Ben and Jerry’s, they get a proper burial. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a […]

May 25, 2012

[05.25.2012]

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? All your suspicions about corruption in Chicago are confirmed, in one handy infographic. This weekend, thousands of Muslims will gather to learn more about Shari’a law, in an effort to help combat the anti-Shari’a movement. In February, 14% of Americans […]

May 24, 2012

[05.24.2012]

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? If I understand this survey correctly, most Americans see eating healthily on par with downloading TurboTax, staring helplessly at the screen, hunting under the couch for that form you know you had a minute ago, and riffling fruitlessly through your […]

What Do Catholics Think About the Contraception Mandate?

[05.23.2012]

The debate over the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate was reignited on Monday, when 43 Catholic institutions filed lawsuits in federal court, challenging the rule that requires religiously affiliated institutions to provide no-cost birth control coverage to their employees through their insurance coverage. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Mary Ann Glendon, a professor at Harvard Law School, excoriated the White House for their “move to conscript religious […]

How Helpful Are “Pro-Choice” and “Pro-Life” Labels?

[05.23.2012]

A new poll from Gallup reveals that the number of Americans who currently identify as “pro-choice” (41%) has dropped six points since last July. It’s also one point lower than the previous record low recorded by Gallup, which occurred in May 2009. Meanwhile, about half (50%) of Americans identify as “pro-life,” one point shy of the record high. Although people on both sides of the abortion debate will no doubt […]

May 23, 2012

[05.23.2012]

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? Needless to say, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is none too pleased about an unidentified man’s attempt to auction off a vial that (allegedly) contains the Gipper’s blood. Are the country’s youth eschewing involvement in political institutions in favor of […]

May 22, 2012

[05.22.2012]

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? It’s easy to imagine members of Congress giving speeches like this on a daily basis. But do they really sound more like this? Well, okay, it’s not that dramatic, but still – the Sunlight Foundation reports that since 2005, the average […]