July 27, 2012

[07.27.2012]

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? This is why we can’t have nice things.

A new study from Baylor University examines how anti-Obama and “racist” hate speech is spreading on Facebook. Over at our Faith in the Numbers blog, PRRI Affiliated Scholar Paul Djupe analyzes the extent to which Americans believe “[Obama] doesn’t understand the problems of white Americans.”

According to a new report from the Center for Health Statistics, 37% of the births between 2006 and 2010 were unintended. Our new poll (which you should check out if you haven’t already!) finds that 77% of African Americans and 60% of Hispanics report having a close friend or family member who had an unintended pregnancy.

How will religious and social factors play during the 2012 election? Not so much, says the LA Times’ Mitchell Landsberg, analyzing our new survey alongside another recently released report from Pew.

Evangelist Billy Graham leapt to the defense of the embattled fast food chain Chik-fil-A, praising the company and its CEO, who recently proclaimed his opposition to same-sex marriage, for “for their strong stand for the Christian faith.” For more on the religious dimensions on this issue, take a look at our blog.

Another controversy over whether a mosque should be built is brewing in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. A slim majority (51%) of Americans say they would be comfortable with a mosque being built near their home.

Mitt Romney’s international tour is off to a rough start, earning him some memorable headlines, but at least he hasn’t asked anyone in the British government whether they were French Canadian. Yet.

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