New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seeking expanded background checks for gun purchases and parental consent laws for minors to buy video games. Christie, a Republican, is up for reelection in Democratic-leaning New Jersey, but has also been considered a contender for the 2016 Republican nomination. The move has benefits in the short-term, but consequences in the long-term: Christie’s actions are likely to help him among Democrats, but not among Republicans.
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? Next time you get a latte, try not to be disappointed, it probably won’t live up to this. This weekend, for the first time, a woman lead the closing prayer at a major Mormon conference. Although most (82%) Americans report… more
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.
As the first Pope from the region that currently includes a plurality of the world’s Catholic population, Pope Francis I’s election signals the importance of Latin America to the Church. Francis’ election may also help rekindle Catholicism among those in the U.S. with roots in Latin America: the Hispanic population.
What’s going on inside the papal conclave? Two perspectives.
The Maryland Senate voted to repeal the death penalty yesterday. The bill will now progress to the House of Delegates. Americans are nearly evenly divided on whether people who are convicted of murder should receive the death penalty, or life in prison with no possibility of parole.
Over at the Monkey Cage, Erik Voeten tries to make sense of a new poll from Gallup showing an increase in public support for foreign trade. This increase is even more interesting when you consider that 74% of Americans believe that outsourcing is at least somewhat responsible for the nation’s current economic woes.
The central organizations of every Jewish denomination except Orthodoxy (and one lone Orthodox rabbi) filed amicus briefs in favor of overturning the federal government’s ban on same-sex marriage. More than 8-in-10 (81%) American Jews favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.
Has racial resentment increased since President Obama’s election, or is it on the decline? Turns out, the answer to this question really depends on who you ask.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was recently snubbed by the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), which did not add him to the roster of conservative luminaries who will speak at this year’s conference. Nate Silver concludes that Christie’s honeymoon with the GOP is over.