Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s daily 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?
As Japan prepares for the 2020 Olympics, the country is considering dropping the swastika — originally a Buddhist, Hindu, and Jainist symbol — from its tourist maps, where the symbol represents the location of a temple.
The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will rule on the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration; namely, the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) that would protect as many as five million immigrant parents who illegally reside in the country from deportation. A slim majority (52 percent) of the public agree that Obama should have taken action on immigration given that Congress has not yet acted to address the issue, while42 percent disagree and say he should not have taken executive action.
Lots of great fodder on evangelicals and the 2016 election, especially in the wake of Republican hopeful Donald Trump’s Liberty University speech: on why evangelicals have “faith” in Trump, a mainline Presbyterian; on how evangelicals don’t have faith, but rather view Trump as a political go-getter; The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent helps explain the perceived mismatch of Trump and evangelicals’ values with the help of a PRRI finding that shows most (72 percent) white evangelical Protestants think American culture has changed for the worse since the 1950s. Notably, white evangelical Protestants make up an astounding 42 percent of all Iowan Republicans, according to PRRI analysis.
Catch PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones on a Talking Points Memo live chat today at 3 p.m. EST.
And similarities between Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, in light of the former’s endorsement of the latter.