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.
Today’s Buzz covers the Pope’s reaction to Germany’s “Bishop of Bling,” the generational shift in evangelical politics and how to re-wire your brain for happiness!
Brookings Institution scholar and co-author of the 2013 Economic Values Survey report William Galston offered up some interesting insights about Americans’ views on the relationship between religion and morality during the report’s July 18 launch and panel discussion at Brookings. “If you look at the country as a whole, it’s split almost down the middle,” Galston said, pointing out that a slim majority “agree that it’s necessary to believe in… more
E.J. Dionne: Support for Greater Economic Equality among the Faithful; Doubts about Government Remain[07.24.2013]
Brookings Institution scholar and co-author of the 2013 Economic Values Survey E.J. Dionne contributed significantly to the conversation on the report’s findings during the July 18 launch event and panel discussion at Brookings, highlighting in particular the relationship between religion and social justice. “Among people of faith in general, there is strong support for greater economic fairness and compassion toward those in need,” he said, adding that the… more
The issue of economic mobility has sparked renewed interest, with a recent report finding that your childhood hometown plays a significant role in how easily you’ll advance to higher income brackets as an adult. David Leonhardt’s latest piece for The New York Times examines the study, which finds rates of upward mobility are higher in metropolitan areas where poor families are dispersed among mixed-income neighborhoods. It also finds that children… more
As Americans digest news of Detroit’s bankruptcy, the largest municipal filing in the country’s history, some wonder whether the U.S. economic system is to blame. Our new 2013 Economic Values Survey, just released yesterday, shows that while most Americans believe American capitalism is functioning, few give it high marks. A majority (54 percent) of Americans believe American capitalism is working very (9 percent) or somewhat well (45 percent), while more… more
In my latest column for Figuring Faith, I examine the positions of both religious conservatives and religious progressives in light of new findings from PRRI’s 2013 Economic Values Survey, released today. Although the religious left receives significantly less academic and media coverage than the religious right, the group’s younger and more diverse population may soon contribute to a shift in the American religious landscape. Despite the lack of attention given the… more
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? Strap on those ankle weights, and giddy-up! Prancercise is coming to a public park near you. The Atlantic explored the link between race and support for affirmative action this week in a piece that highlighted some of our latest findings…. more
A new survey from the Brookings Institution reveals that poverty is skyrocketing in the suburbs, due in part to the Great Recession.