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?
Surprisingly few Americans drink decaf. Maybe more people should try waking up with the Morning Buzz! (Thanks to Neil for sending this in.)
At the New York Times, some interesting commentary on conversations about homosexuality within the black church. Seven-in-ten black Americans believe that sex between two adults of the same gender is a sin, compared to less than half of non-Hispanic whites.
This may not come as a shock to people who watched the presidential debates last fall, but a new study shows that the reactions of Twitter users are rarely representative of overall public opinion.
Are Americans as conservative as their elected officials think?
Yes, there was a day in the not-so-distant past when the White House could be described as “an outstanding example of a firetrap.”
Tomorrow, PRRI intern Crystal Tsoi will take the reins of the Morning Buzz. I am excited to leave the Buzz in her capable hands, and I’ll see you on Thursday morning.