Half of Americans say Nonreligious People are Bad for Society

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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? 

How much would you pay to be liked? If you’re the U.S. State Department, you’re looking at a six-figure answer.

A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that even as Americans are becoming less religious, a plurality (48%) believe the increasing number of Americans who are not religious is bad for American society, while about 4-in-10 say it is not doesn’t matter and about 1-in-10 say this is a good thing. A recent PRRI survey found that roughly one-third of Americans believe non-religious people are changing American culture and way of life for the worse while half (48%) say this group is not having any impact.

An interesting article at The Atlantic points to North Carolina’s new role as a divisive political battleground, and what that could mean for future elections.

After Trayvon Martin’s death touched off a national conversation about race, most assumed prosecutors would paint accused killer George Zimmerman as a racist. Interestingly enough, the issue of race hasn’t really come up.

Ikea is now working to supply durable temporary homes for refugees, saying the shelters could be a cost-effective solution for displaced people around the world. Here’s hoping the homes are easier to assemble than some of their other products…

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