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?
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.
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.