Mark A. Smith is professor of Political Science and an adjunct professor of Comparative Religion and Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on economic and religious groups, ideas, and influences in American politics. In his new book, Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics, Dr. Smith argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is and is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them.
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 no idea what to make of the question).
Student loans are bad enough when you have a degree. But what about the people who drop out of college, but remain saddled with debt?
At Figuring Faith, Dr. Robert P. Jones sheds light on the difficulty of capturing Americans’ opinion on abortion when they are only asked to identify as “pro-choice” or “pro-life.”
One Notre Dame alum is in a serious pickle, thanks to the university’s lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. For more on Catholics’ perspectives on the debate, check out our blog.
A Washington Post/ABC News survey released last week shows that Romney holds a significant advantage over Obama when it comes to financially struggling white voters, a key demographic when November rolls around.
This is what you should do the next time you find a stranger’s laptop bag in a Manhattan cab in the wee hours of the morning.