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? As the opening ceremonies for the Olympics swiftly approach, Londoners are proving less than stoic about traffic delays, ticket issues, and more. Perhaps they would be more cheerful if they could go watch a rousing match of Tug of War, which has not (sadly) been an Olympic sport since 1920.
Check out PRRI’s new survey, “Religion, Values and Experiences: Black and Hispanic Attitudes on Abortion and Reproductive Issues,” which was released this morning.
Speaking of the Olympics, 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.
In the Chronicle of Higher Education, sociologist Christian Smith defends fellow sociologist Mark Regnerus, whom he says is being “smeared” in the media for a study that reported that adult children of same-sex parents have more emotional and social problems than do adult children of heterosexual parents with intact marriages.
New data from the CDC shows that black high school students are engaging in risky sexual behavior far less often than they did twenty years ago. However, condom use is also dropping among this demographic, a trend which worries experts. According to our new survey, a majority of black Americans believe that methods of birth control should be available to teenagers age 16 and over without parental approval.
In a show of bipartisan unity rarely seen in the lower 48 states, a Republican U.S. Representative from Alaska is supporting a Hawaii Democratic candidate for Senate.
The recent barrage of negative campaigning is having a predictable effect on the voting public: Americans are getting sick of both candidates.