July 12, 2012

[07.12.2012]

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?

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