Mark A. Smith is professor of Political Science and an adjunct professor of Comparative Religion and Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on economic and religious groups, ideas, and influences in American politics. In his new book, Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics, Dr. Smith argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is and is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them.
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?
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Although there has been much debate about the Jewish vote this election, Gallup’s tracking polls now show 7-in-10 Jewish Americans supporting Obama. This is represents an increase over polls conducted earlier this year.
There’s a good chance that much of what you may have heard about the white working class simply isn’t true.
A new survey from the Pew Research Center has lots of good news for Obama supporters. If you think the results here look different than the poll you read yesterday, or this morning, you might want to take a look at how the survey was conducted. Nate Silver has more.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg predicts that same-sex marriage may come before the high court by the end of this current term. Public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted a great deal over the past ten years.
What did Congress do during the last four years, you might ask? Well, they named a lot of post offices – but not much else.
We don’t ask about it on polls, but oral care products brand Luster seems convinced that tooth whiteness has something to do with presidential candidates’ success at the ballot box.