Will Marijuana Be the Next Wedge Issue?

[04.04.2013]

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?

At least in the U.S., being told by a supernatural force that you should be in office doesn’t always translate into support at the ballot box. But Venezuela’s acting president’s experience is a little more colorful than usual.

Will marijuana be the next big wedge issue? A slim majority of Americans oppose the legalization of marijuana – but a majority of younger Millennials (age 18-25) are in favor.

At our blog, PRRI Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera chronicles the slow decline of America’s pastime.

Some lawmakers in North Carolina are attempting to permit an official state religion, so as to forestall federal attempts to enforce church-state separation. Interestingly, North Carolina’s constitution requires public officials to believe in God (this has been unenforceable for quite some time).

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will go up against Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, comedian Stephen Colbert’s sister, in a special election for the state’s 1st congressional district. Sanford has been working to get into voters’ good graces after it was discovered that he had been having an affair during his time in office. Approximately 7-in-10 Americans say it is a serious moral problem if an elected official cheats on his or her spouse.

Is Liberty University “going quiet” on same-sex marriage? There is a significant generation gap on the issue of same-sex marriage among white evangelical Protestants, as our recent blog post shows.

I will be out of the office for the next few days, but I will leave the Buzz in the capable hands of my colleague, Cristina Stanojevich. I’ll see you next Thursday, April 11!

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