Will marijuana be the next big wedge issue? A slim majority of Americans oppose the legalization of marijuana – but a majority of younger Millennials (age 18-25) are in favor.
Are interfaith marriages more challenging than most people suppose?
The Wall Street Journal chronicles the ever-increasing polarization among the states on the issue of abortion. A majority of Americans say that laws about abortion should be decided at the national level.
In an op-ed for NBC Latino, PRRI Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera outlines the tug-of-war between Hispanic Americans and Tea Party members within the Republican Party.
In an op-ed for the New York Times, a former Roman Catholic priest calls for the ordination of women as priests. Our new survey shows that 70% of Catholics favor ordaining women as clergy with no special requirements.
Next week, the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Our new survey finds that half of Americans favor federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
A new report finds that newsroom staffs are 30% smaller than they were just over a decade ago. This and other must-read findings about the news industry are available in a fascinating infographic.
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? Vintage National Geographic photos are the best way to start the week. Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced on Friday that he was reversing his position on same-sex marriage because of his son’s sexual orientation. Is the media fueling recent state-level pushes… more
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved an assault weapons ban yesterday, although it seems unlikely that the bill will make it through the GOP-controlled House. Only 3-in-10 Republicans favor stricter gun control laws.
The Catholic Cardinals elected Jorge Maria Bergoglio as the next pope in a surprisingly swift conclave. Bergoglio will be the first Latin American pope, and announced that he will take the name Pope Francis I. He is known for his emphasis on social justice, which will likely resonate with Catholics from the U.S., 60% of whom want the Catholic Church to emphasize social justice issues over abortion and the right to life.