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?
Happy Independence Day! Welcome to a special red, white and buzzed edition.
How does that beer you’re drinking rank on the list of American brews? Find out here.
Check out our new Graphic of the Week for a look at who is most likely to be decked out in red, white and blue this July 4th. And, in his latest column for Huffington Post Politics, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox discusses how feeling like a typical American makes folks more inclined to display an American flag or sing the national anthem.
A hemp-made flag is set to fly today over the U.S. Capitol. Given Americans’ divided support on marijuana legalization, it’s no surprise they’re also split on whether the hemp plant should be legalized for farming.
If you’re planning to grill up some hot dogs today, check out this article on how the mystery meat has evolved through history.