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? For the next week, I’m leaving the Buzz in the capable hands of my coworker, Samantha Holquist, while I visit my sister in Brazil. I’ll be back next Wednesday – until then, I’ll miss you!
Christian pastors are using Twitter to send out inspirational messages, and Twitter’s doing its best to bring even more on board.
Generation X-ers (that is, Americans born between 1965 and 1972) are becoming less religiously unaffiliated and less Republican as they’ve aged, at least according to a new survey from Trinity College. This contradicts conventional wisdom that suggests that people become more conservative (religiously and politically) as they age.
A new Gallup poll found that a majority of Americans are “dissatisfied with the opportunity for the next generation of Americans to live better than their parents.” This spring, PRRI discovered that approximately 4-in-10 (42%) of younger Millennials believe that, in their lifetime, they will be better off than their parents, compared to 18% who expect to be less well off than their parents, and 38% who predict that their financial situation will be about the same as their parents’.
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