July, 2012

July 31, 2012


A new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll reveals that 7-in-10 Americans say that “morals and principles” keep them from behaving badly – compared to fewer than 1-in-5 who said the same of “religion.”

July 30, 2012


A federal court ruled that a Catholic-owned company in Colorado does not have to follow the Obama administration’s new policy on no-cost contraception. A majority (53%) of Americans believe that privately owned small businesses should provide birth control to their employees at no cost through their insurance.

Link Between Religion and Benevolent Behavior May Be Complicated by Millennials


Studies show link between religiosity, benevolent behavior; Sunday Effect and prosocial behavior; Millennials, atheism, and charitable behavior.

July 27, 2012


Disturbingly, racist hate speech against Barack Obama seems to be spreading on Facebook. Over at the blog, PRRI Affiliated Scholar Paul Djupe analyzes which demographic groups believe that “[Obama] doesn’t understand the problems of white Americans.”

“Anglo-Saxon” Hits the Campaign Trail


What are Mitt Romney’s surrogates really trying to convey when they reference Romney’s “Anglo-Saxon heritage”?

July 26, 2012


many Muslim athletes are facing a tough choice once the Games begin. Because it is the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast during the day, but many athletes would kiss their chances of winning goodbye if they abstained from food or water. Alternately, they could go the route of social protest – although it might be more difficult to pull this off while, say, swimming.

Chick-fil-A Buzz Illustrates Centrality of Same-sex Marriage Debate


In light of the recent controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A’s stance on same-sex marriage, how does the American public feel about this public policy issue? Recent surveys show a religious divide.

July 25, 2012


How do you feel about microtargeting, the process which allows political campaigns to create online ads made exactly for you? A new survey released by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania shows that 86% of respondents did not want political campaigns to tailor ads to their interests.

How an Evangelical College’s Lawsuit Could Help Romney


Wheaton College’s recent lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate could be a helpful—but potentially dangerous—issue for Romney.

July 24, 2012


At the Washington Post, Lisa Miller wonders whether Romney can reconcile his wealth and his faith. A plurality of Americans believe that capitalism is at odds with Christian values.