Clergy & Churches

How Americans Spend Their Leisure Time

[03.18.2014]

In today’s Buzz: What Americans do for fun — and when, Why turbans are not simply a fashion statement, and How churches have entered the real estate market.

A Year in the Life of Pope Francis I

[03.13.2014]

Today marks one year since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. Here’s a look back at some of Pope Francis’s most memorable moments during his first year in the Vatican.

How do Church Stances on LGBT Issues Affect Americans’ Decisions to Leave Religion?

[03.13.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers the cost of passing on health insurance, a new and controversial statue of “Homeless Jesus,” and Thomas Edsall’s use of PRRI data in his latest for The New York Times.

Are Millennials Leaving Religion Over LGBT Issues?

[03.13.2014]

The fact that most Millennials who are now religiously unaffiliated were raised in a religious tradition raises important questions about the forces responsible for this recent shift. PRRI’s latest survey finds one reason for high rates of disaffiliation among Millennials is their perception about how religious institutions treat gay and lesbian people.

Pope Francis Indicates Catholic Church Could Support Same-sex Civil Unions

[03.06.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers a new magazine about Pope Francis, along with the pontiff’s remarks that the Catholic Church may be able to support same-sex civil unions and a look at why Millennials are leaving religion.

Could the Catholic Church Support Same-sex Civil Unions?

[03.05.2014]

Pope Francis has indicated that while the Catholic Church continues to oppose same-sex marriage, the Church may be able to support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. In America, the pontiff’s comments are likely to be welcomed by Catholics, as majorities of both white Catholics (58 percent) and Hispanic Catholics (56 percent) support legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Link Between Anti-Gay Church Teachings and the Millennial Exodus

[03.05.2014]

In his latest for Sacred Matters, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox examines the role negative church teachings about, or treatment of, gay and lesbian people is playing in the decisions by roughly one-quarter (24 percent) of American Millennials (ages 18 to 34) to leave their childhood religions and to identify today as unaffiliated.

Influential GOP Members Come out to Support Same-sex Marriage

[03.05.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers some prominent Republicans coming out in favor of same-sex marriage, debates over legalizing marijuana in Georgia and California, and a look at a drive-in church in Florida!

Survey Finds Some Americans Support Same-sex Marriage, Believe Same-gender Sex is Immoral

[03.04.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers GOP efforts to overhaul federal social programs, new research finding states with more atheists boast greater entrepreneurial activity, and Democrats’ efforts to reach out to white working-class men.

Arizona Senate Passes Controversial Religious Liberty Bill

[02.24.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers PRRI’s latest survey release, a new religious liberty bill making waves in Arizona, and the American cities with the widest income gaps between rich and poor residents.