November, 2012

Catholic Intensity Fades, While Evangelical Devotion Rises

[11.30.2012]

Catholics now report the lowest proportion of “strongly affiliated” followers among major religious traditions in America, according to sociologist Philip Schwadel, while evangelical Protestant devotion is growing ever stronger. Earlier this year, we found that although nearly one-third (31%) of Americans report that they were raised Catholic, only 22% currently identify that way.

What Happens if We Go Over the Fiscal Cliff?

[11.29.2012]

Commentators are talking about the fiscal cliff in apocalyptic terms, but what will happen if it does, indeed, come to pass? For what it’s worth, most Americans favor a balanced approach to the budget deficit, with a combination of tax increases and cuts to major programs.

The (Continued) Politics of Racial Resentment

[11.28.2012]

Affiliated Scholar Paul A. Djupe explores data which sheds light on the level of racial resentment toward Obama among white Americans.

Could Dorothy Day Become a Catholic Saint?

[11.28.2012]

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a Roman Catholic leader known for his conservative convictions, is championing Dorothy Day for sainthood. Day was a 20th-century social activist who founded the Catholic Worker movement and was known for her pacifism and work with the poor. Given that 6-in-10 Catholics agree that in its statements about public policy, the Catholic Church should focus more on social justice and the obligation to help the poor, rather than abortion and the right to life, Day’s canonization could be popular among American Catholics.

The Gender Gap: Alive and Well Among Millennials

[11.27.2012]

A new report from Pew shows that the age gap is alive and well among Millennials.

Bipartisan Support for Immigration Reform May Be Tough to Achieve

[11.26.2012]

There’s been a lot of talk about immigration reform in the wake of the election, but bipartisan efforts actually find support? Six-in-ten Americans support the basic tenets of the DREAM Act.

Americans’ Perspectives on the Budget and Economic Issues

[11.16.2012]

If you haven’t already, take a look at our exciting new post-election American Values Survey. We delve deeper into some of the key issues from the election, while looking forward to the issues at the heart of the debate over the fiscal cliff.

The GOP’s Marriage Problem

[11.16.2012]

In the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack Obama, analysts have noted that the Republican nominee lost in large measure due to changing American demographics—particularly the rise of the Latino vote, non-white Christians, and the religiously unaffiliated. But another demographic trend also threatens to hurt Republican chances in the future: the decline of marriage.

Obama Says Immigration Reform Will Be Top Priority

[11.15.2012]

At a press conference yesterday, President Obama declared that after his inauguration, immigration reform will be one of his top priorities.

What Were the Election Results in Puerto Rico?

[11.14.2012]

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? It’s a bad sign, surely, when you have to dignify rumors like this on the royal website. At the Monkey Cage, PRRI Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera has some excellent analysis of post-election results in Puerto Rico. The Kaiser Family Foundation […]

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