October, 2012

Will Hurricane Sandy Push Climate Change into the Headlines?


The very expensive aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is leading some commentators to wonder whether this storm will change the way we talk about climate change, which has mostly been sidelined during the presidential campaign. Nearly 6-in-10 (58%) Americans say that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence of global climate change.

Illegal Immigration From Mexico on the Rise


For the first time since the recession, illegal immigration from Mexico is on the rise. This might not seem like a good thing, but some say it’s a sign that the American economy is improving.

Will California Voters Outlaw the Death Penalty?


On November 6, California voters will have the opportunity to decide whether the death penalty should be abolished in their state.

State of Belief Radio


This weekend, Dr. Robert P. Jones appeared on State of Belief Radio to discuss the exciting findings from the 2012 American Values Survey.

Will Hurricane Sandy Affect the 2012 Election?


Hurricane Sandy is menacing the East Coast (and if there’s no Morning Buzz tomorrow, that’s why), but there could also be serious implications for the 2012 election.

The Evolution of the Religiously Unaffiliated Vote, 1980-2008


An exploration of the unaffiliated vote since 1980s shows two interesting features: first, the Democratic advantage among this group is not a recent phenomenon but stretches back at least as far as 1984, and second, that unaffiliated voters display unusually robust support for third-party and independent candidates.

Mourdock, God’s Will, and Rape: How Americans Really Think About God and Public Policy


In the wake of Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s controversial comments about rape and God’s will, Dr. Robert P. Jones explores how religious Americans reconcile their theological convictions with public policy.

What Will Millennials Do in 2012?


E.J. Dionne offers a controversial claim: Mitt Romney’s attempts to disown the Right during this election indicate that the Tea Party movement is dead.

Maryland Voters to Decide on State DREAM Act


In the 2012 election, Maryland voters will have the opportunity to decide if they believe their state should have its own version of the DREAM Act.

New Study Shows Pay Gap for Millennial Women


A new study from the American Association of University Women shows that just one year out of college, Millennial women are paid 82 cents to Millennial men’s dollar.