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? I don’t know about the rest of you, but umbrella jousting is the only Olympic sport I care about.
Despite ongoing dire predictions about Millennials’ economic prospects, a new study from Pew shows that 84% of adults have higher family incomes than their parents did at the same age – with some important caveats for race and education. In this context, it makes more sense that a plurality (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’.
State-level struggles to restrict abortion access persist across the country, with 40 abortion restrictions enacted into law since the beginning of 2012. A slim majority (53%) of Americans agree that laws about abortion should be decided at the national level, while over one-third (36%) believe that laws about abortion should be left to the states.
Romney was booed during a speech to the NAACP after saying that, as president, he would eliminate Obamacare. As Dr. Robert P. Jones pointed out in a recent piece for the Huffington Post, there is a sharp racial divide in perspectives on the Affordable Care Act.
Obama’s proposal to extend the Bush tax cuts only for families making less than $250,000 a year is raising the hackles of some Republicans. But it turns out that taxing the wealthy could raise a lot of money for the federal government: $56.3 billion in 2013 alone, to be precise.
A new analysis of voting data among Jewish Americans supports findings from a survey we released last spring: that a large shift among Jewish voters toward Republican candidates this November is improbable, to say the least.
If you’re suffering after a long night of revelry, why not give bloodletting, buttered celery, or any one of the 89 other suggestions from a 1961 survey of hangover cures?