Abortion & Reproductive Issues
PRRI’s Dr. Robert Jones Discusses Surprising Findings from Global Catholic Poll on NPR’s Interfaith Voices[02.17.2014]
On Sunday, Dr. Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, appeared on NPR’s Interfaith Voices to discuss with host Maureen Fiedler the findings of a recent Univision poll that finds a large divide between Catholics around the world and the Vatican when it comes to social issues. Listen to their conversation about the numbers on same-sex marriage, contraception and abortion, the role of women in the church, and Pope Francis here.
A full 87 percent of Catholics polled report Pope Francis is doing an excellent or a good job as pontiff. However, respondents disagree with Catholic doctrine on some social issues. For instance, a majority (65 percent) say abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and more than three-quarters (78 percent) support the use of contraception.
Today’s Buzz covers Facebook’s 10th anniversary, a drop in the number of abortions in the United States, and what could be the end of American exceptionalism.
A poll released yesterday by Gallup reveals a large divide between white and non-white Americans who were asked how they think the country is doing. Nearly 57 percent of non-white Americans respond positively about the current state of the U.S. compared to 33 percent of white Americans. This marks the first time in recent history such a large racial gap has existed on this issue.
Is the American Dream dead? Maybe in the South, according to new data from researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As Matthew O’Brien reports in The Atlantic, the study finds that those who strive to move up economically have about the same chances as people did in the 1950s. However, your economic prospects depend not only on indicators like race, inequality, and family structure, but also on region and the degree of inequality in your local community. O’Brien notes that the bigger the gap between the rich and the poor, the less mobility there is. PRRI’s Economic Values Survey found that nearly half (47 percent) of Americans say they are worse off financially than their parents’ generation. Sixteen percent say about the same, and 36 percent say they are better off financially than their parents’ generation.
Today’s Buzz covers the polarization of American politics, the United Methodist Church’s continued struggle with the issue of same-sex marriage, and whether your iPhone’s operating system believes in God!
Today’s Buzz covers the anniversary of the 24th Amendment, the growing Charismatic Catholic movement among Latino Americans, and the most “Bible-minded” cities in the country!
Today’s Buzz covers the March for Life in Washington, new methods of capital punishment in America, and a look at who’ll be tuning in to watch the Super Bowl!
Thousands of people from across the country gathered in Washington today for the annual March for Life, the world’s largest pro-life rally that in 2014 marks 41 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision to lift restrictions on abortion. Public opinion on abortion has remained relatively stable during the past several years. In 2013, PRRI found Americans who believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases are outnumbered by those who say it should be legal, 42 percent to 54 percent. And today, advocates for making abortion illegal are re-vamping their efforts to recruit and mobilize young people to carry on the cause. But how does the profile of younger Americans who oppose abortion compare with that of their older counterparts?
Today’s Buzz covers state leaders’ stances on abortion, Christian martyrdom around the world, and physician-assisted suicide.