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?
Well, doggone it, I guess I’ll have to start making my spells and potions from scratch.
Univision, a large Spanish-language TV network, used its evening news broadcast on Wednesday night to urge the presidential candidates to host a debate on Latino issues. There has been some speculation over the past week that Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his VP candidate could make Latino voters even less likely to turn out for the Romney-Ryan ticket.
But all is not lost: could Paul Ryan be a draw for younger voters? Given college-age Millennials’ desire for economic reform to address the gap between the rich and the poor, this theory could be a bit of a stretch.
Earlier this week, a Pennsylvania judge declined to block the passage of a state law that will require voters to produce photo ID before they are permitted to vote in the November 6 general election. The law’s supporters say that it is designed to reduce voter fraud, but its detractors say that it will prevent minorities and college students (both traditionally Democratic constituencies) from voting in a critical swing state.
In an op-ed for JTA, Wayne Firestone and Mark J. Penn expound upon a new survey of Jewish college students, which found that 78% of Jewish students believe support for Israel is important to them. However, in PRRI’s Jewish Values Survey, which utilized a national random probability sample, found that the general importance of Israel does not translate into Israel as an important voting issue: only 4% of Jewish Americans say that Israel is most important to their vote for president this year.
It’s easy to forget, in the increasingly heated lead-up to the election, that a large percentage of Americans simply won’t vote. If they did, the campaign might not be as exciting, since President Obama would win with ease, at least according to a new Suffolk University/USA Today poll, which found that pluralities of unregistered and unlikely voters would vote for Obama.
Well, if this makes a strip mall into a tourist destination, more power to the American entrepreneurial spirit.