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?
In case you missed the Venus transit, which happens once every 105 years, here is an amazing video released by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Scott Walker’s victory last night in Wisconsin may be a wake-up call for Democrats in the post-Citizens United political landscape. Although Tom Barett received an enormous amount of grassroots support, Scott Walker outspent him 8-to-1, thanks in large part to out-of-state contributions by corporate and wealthy donors. In January, a CBS News/New York Times poll found that 67% of Americans believe that unlimited spending on advertisements by groups not affiliated with a candidate during a political campaign should be limited by law.
With a twist on the well-worn “What’s the Matter with Kansas” debate, Jonathan Haidit, a professor of psychology at NYU’s Stern School of Business, argues that working class voters aren’t voting against their self-interest; rather, they’re voting FOR their moral interests. But a recent op-ed by PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones shows that the picture is more complex, with white working class voters strongly backing a moral vision of a more egalitarian society, as PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones details here.
According to the New York Times, it appears that the heated political and moral debate over the morality of the morning-after pill may be based on a faulty understanding of how the drug actually works. Generally, an overwhelming majority of Americans and Catholics (89% and 82% respectively), believe it is morally acceptable to use birth control.
How exactly does AP call elections before all the votes are counted?
In the first quarter, gay fundraisers raised more than $8 millions for the Obama campaign. And this number is suspected to rise due to President Obama’s announcement in support for same-sex marriage. However, we won’t know how much for sure until-mid June. In March, we found that 52% of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.