May 1, 2012

[05.01.2012]

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?

Take that, gender wars! Gen X men are just as hooked on cooking shows as their female peers.

Are voters starting to question politicians’ sincerity when they talk about matters of faith? Two-thirds of voters say that it is very important (39%) or somewhat important (28%) for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs – but when it comes to this issue authenticity undoubtedly matters.

In just over a week, North Carolina’s citizens will vote on Amendment One, which seeks to alter the North Carolina constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Last month, the Jewish Conservative movement’s Israeli rabbinical school voted to admit gay and lesbian students. This move is likely to be met with approval, at least in the U.S.: over 8-in-10 (82%) Conservative Jews favor same-sex marriage.

Some tech-savvy church leaders are taking to Facebook to share their faith, but this Oklahoma church is taking an even more novel approach.

A pair of researchers from the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute are blaming the Republicans for partisan gridlock in Washington.

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