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?
Ah, graduation day. The pomp and circumstance, the diploma, the cat and gown…wait, what?
A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that support for the 2010 health care reform law was higher among Democrats when it was described as “Obamacare” rather than “health reform law,” while Republican support was higher when it was described as the latter. The survey also found that Americans were also much more likely to have an opinion about the legislation when it was described as “Obamacare.”
The Girl Guides, the United Kingdom’s version of the Girl Scouts, will no longer pledge to serve God and country; rather, they’ll pledge to serve their queen and community.
Democrats and Republicans agree on five of six possible immigration reform measures, according to a new Gallup poll. The finding may come as a surprise to Americans, given the heated and often partisan debate among lawmakers on the issue. Earlier this year, a poll conducted by PRRI and Brookings found that more than 6-in-10 Americans favored allowing a way for immigrants currently living in the U.S. illegally to become U.S. citizens provided they meet certain requirements.
The Atlantic looks at six possible outcomes for the Supreme Court’s consideration of DOMA and same-sex marriage. Americans are divided on whether the federal government should be required to recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples. Relatedly, our new graphic of the week shows same-sex marriage opponents and supporters have swapped views on whether the federal government or states should have the final say.
Pope Francis is giving St. Joseph a hand up the Catholic ladder.
Sick of toting your tots around to other kids’ birthday parties? Here’s a guide to having fun as an adult at the place where a kid can be a kid.