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?
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.