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?
Residents of an island country in the Pacific are being ordered to leave their homeland forever – because it’s sinking.
There’s been a lot of polling on immigration reform recently, but our latest survey experiment shows that when it comes to measuring support for a pathway to citizenship, the devil’s in the details. When asked different versions of a question about a policy to provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, Americans overall are more likely to support a path to citizenship if the question explicitly mentions requirements, even if the actual requirements are not specified. Support also increases significantly among Republicans and white evangelical Protestants.
Meanwhile, the Senate Gang of 8 is gearing up to unveil their immigration bill, which has been several months in the making. If a reform bill passed, one of the results would likely be a sharp uptick in the number of legal immigrants.
A new book by an openly gay journalist explores how some gay Christians reconcile their faith with their sexual orientation.
The federal government may be unpopular, but Americans still feel pretty good about their state and local governments, which they feel more closely connected to. A 2012 survey, found that a majority of Americans said they think about government as “the government” while less than half (46%) think about it as “our government”.
Richard Land, a prominent evangelical leader, announced that he will be leaving the Southern Baptist Convention to head up an evangelical seminary in North Carolina.
French children are schooled in tragedy from an early age.