Affiliated scholar and PRRI board member Dr. Melissa Deckman discusses the gender gap in libertarianism today.
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?
If you’re planning to attend Oktoberfest this year, you probably already know that lederhosen are running short this year. If you’re buying a new set for the occasion (as every Oktoberfest-going gentleman should), make sure you buy them pre-distressed. Nobody wants to look like a rube at Oktoberfest. It’s a fashionable place.
Today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. When asked which Jewish holiday is most important to them personally, a plurality (43%) of American Jews name Yom Kippur.
A pilot program in the New York City public schools is providing Plan B, a form of emergency contraception, to girls age 14 and older. Parents have been given the opportunity to opt their daughters out of the program, but few have done so. Most Americans (55%) do not believe that birth control should be generally available to teenagers age 14 and older without parental approval.
Some Republican pollsters are claiming that current polls are either interviewing too many Democrats or too few Republicans and Independents, skewing the results against Republican candidates. Other pollsters – nonpartisan and Democratic alike – take issue with these claims.
An atheist artist in Los Angeles is making pendants with the letter “A” on them, so that atheists can have a visible symbol of their beliefs, akin to a Christian’s cross or a Jewish Star of David.
Madonna endorsed Obama in perhaps the strangest way imaginable, declaring that “we have a black Muslim in the White House…so support that man!” Madonna joins the nearly 1-in-5 Americans who erroneously believe that Obama is Muslim.
Yet more proof that partisanship matters in all things.