Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
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?
Think about this the next time you grumble about a layover or a long flight.
As some predicted, media discussion about gun control took a sharp dip during the holidays, and has now shrunk to a pre-Newtown level. A slim majority of Americans favor stricter gun control laws, but a policy change may require renewed attention from the media.
Will the Tea Party rebellion live on in the new House?
San Francisco reclaimed the title of highest minimum wage in the country on January 1, although increases in payroll taxes may erase much of this gain. Two-thirds of Americans favor raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.00 an hour.
In the 40 years since Roe v. Wade, have pro-choice advocates lost the struggle over abortion rights? (The full story, unfortunately, is behind a paywall, but this should give you a taste). It’s worth noting that perspectives on abortion’s legality differ markedly according to the situation.
A not-so-gentle reminder that defensive driving is always the wisest policy.