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?
A British policeman’s evening looked like it was turning into an episode of the X Files…until it wasn’t.
Curious how (or whether) Millennials will vote in the 2012 election? Come hear some answers next Thursday, October 4, at Georgetown University, during the release of our new Millennial Values & Voter Engagement Survey.
Was Jimmy Carter the most religious president ever? And, if elected, would Mitt Romney take that title away? To learn more about the religiosity of the American presidents, check out this book (which includes a chapter on Obama’s religion by our very own Dr. Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox).
A new study shows that voter ID laws may deter 10 million Hispanic Americans from voting this November. They may also delay the outcome of the election in some states. If you need a refresher on what exactly these voter ID laws are, check out this series of graphics.
Do atheists need to be more welcoming of women and people of color? Some atheists say yes.
At the New York Times, scholars Suzanne Mettler and John Sides report that 96% of Americans have relied on the federal government for some form of social assistance (including policies usually buried in the tax code).
It looks like one of the four GOP state senators from New York who voted for same-sex marriage has lost his seat. One of the four did not seek reelection, while the other two are still hanging on.