Graphic of the Week
The federal minimum wage, which was last increased in 2009 to its current $7.25 an hour, has been the subject of renewed interest on Capitol Hill and around the country.
Although immigration reform policy is complex and continues to evolve, the Senate bill that passed in June (S-744) includes three key features: a 13-year waiting period before immigrants may become full citizens, an estimated $4,000 in mandatory fines and fees to be paid over the course of the citizenship process, and a $46 billion investment in increased border security. While there is consensus around some provisions, on others, views differ sharply by political affiliation.
Libertarians, the Tea Party and White Evangelicals on Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage and Physician-Assisted Suicide[11.14.2013]
Libertarians are a unique political group. While their political behavior suggests a strongly conservative worldview, when it comes to social issues – including access to abortion, physician-assisted suicide and marijuana legalization – libertarians stand apart from other key conservative constituencies.
Taken together, the demographic, religious and political characteristics make libertarians unique in American politics today.
This week’s Graphic of the Week profiles the interesting ties between three key conservative constituencies.
Hispanics, like Americans overall, are switching their religious affiliation. In the Hispanic community, a majority grow up Catholic, but there is a growth of Hispanic evangelical Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated.
The Republican Party has a problem with Hispanic voters. Graphic of the Week highlights five areas of concern for the GOP, including negative associations, immigration, party affiliation, perceived concern, and Republican identification.
On Tuesday evening, the federal government ground to a halt over Republican efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Even as the political fallout remains in question, implementation of the law continues to move forward. As of October 1, uninsured Americans were able to sign up for access to health care insurance, although coverage will not go into effect until January. One group likely to be… more
In the Jewish tradition, the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for reflection, repentance and atonement. Most Jews consider these to be the most important to their faith, but PRRI data shows that age plays a role in determining which holidays Jews find personally significant. A majority of older Jewish Americans (53%) say Yom Kippur is the most important Jewish holiday, compared to just more… more
It’s been nearly half a century since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his hope for a future in which the “manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” would no longer bind black Americans, for a day when the United States would “rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed…that all men are created equal.” His speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to… more