Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
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? Apparently, some oenophiles are not as discerning as they would like to think: a new marketing survey revealed that participants not only like wines with fancy-sounding names better, they’re willing to shell out more for them.
A good old-fashioned generation gap is nothing new to public opinion researchers (see Americans’ views on same-sex marriage, immigration reform, or a handful of other issues), but these differences could lead to an all-out war, at least according to David Frum.
Might the Episcopal Church move to permit the ordination of transgender clergy? Nine-in-ten white mainline Protestants agree that transgender people deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans, but it seems that such a dramatic change could be a struggle for Episcopalian transgender advocates.
It may be stating the obvious to repeat the results of a new poll from Brigham Young University, which found that more than 8-in-10 Mormons are excited about Romney’s nomination. More interestingly, however, Mormons remain suspicious of the media: 68% said they do not trust the media to cover the church fairly.
The United States remains one of the most religious countries in the world.
Should Mitt Romney pick a Catholic veep? Former Virginia DNC chairman Paul Goldman and public policy scholar Mark J. Rozell point out that, while they are not a monolith, Catholics remain an important swing demographic.
What does the decision in Arizona v. United States mean for the handful of states, like Alabama, who adopted similar laws?