How Will Religious Americans Shape the 2012 Election?


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?

You wouldn’t think there would be a need to make marathon-running more strenuous, but apparently you’d be wrong.

The 2012 American Values Survey was released just a few hours ago! Learn more about how Catholics, the religiously unaffiliated, and other crucial religious groups will shape this year’s presidential election, which is (can you believe it?) only two weeks away.

If you’re DC-based and free tomorrow afternoon, make sure you check out the release event for the 2012 American Values Survey, which will feature a panel of experts on religion and American politics, including EJ Dionne, Jr., William A. Galston, PRRI Affiliated Scholar Melissa Deckman, John Sides, Michele Dillon, and our very own Robert P. Jones. If you can’t make it, the event will be webcast live here.

Another shooting rocked suburban Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon. According to a recent PRRI survey, a slim majority of Americans favor the passage of stricter gun control laws.

A perspective on how the United States’ debt stacks up against other countries. Of likely voters who say that the economy is the most important issue for their vote, more than one-quarter say the budget deficit is their primary economic concern. (Thanks to Arnie for sending this in!)

A fascinating look at how Google searches can help predict electoral turnout.

Should more cats run for public office? A serious question for serious times.

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