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 “DIY politics” like the Occupy Wall Street movement? Last fall only around one-third (34%) of Millennials reported that OWS shared their values, suggesting that it may not have as powerful a hold over the generation’s political consciousness as this writer suggests.
Sociologist Richard Flory suggests that an “evangelical changing of the guard” may be taking place, as gay and lesbian groups begin to establish a presence on evangelical Christian campuses. It’s certainly true that evangelical Millennials are more supportive than older evangelicals of policies like same-sex marriage: 44% of white evangelical Millennials favor allowing gay and lesbian people to marry, compared to only 12% of evangelical seniors and 19% of evangelicals overall. However, they are far less supportive than Millennials overall, among whom 62% favor same-sex marriage.
A new analysis of Census data reveals that, in 2010, more than half of the United States’ foreign-born population lived in just four states: California, New York, Texas, and Florida. Overwhelming majorities of Americans believe that immigrants are hard working (87%) and have strong family values (80%). On the other hand, more than 7-in-10 (72 percent) also believe immigrants mostly keep to themselves, and a slim majority (51 percent) say they do not make an effort to learn English.
Could an little-known candidate from Arkansas succeed where a West Virginia felon only narrowly failed, and defeat Obama in the state primary?
In the midst of a renewed uproar over the contraception mandate, Gallup finds that 82% of U.S. Catholics say birth control is morally acceptable.
Does Romney need to worry about his likeability?