The Biblical book of Isaiah has been in the news, thanks to a verse that’s leading some evangelical Christians to believe that the escalating violence in Syria is a sign of the end times. Syria and its cities are mentioned in the Bible several times, most notably the city of Damascus, where the apostle Paul converted to Christianity. Isaiah 17:1 reads, “Damascus will no longer be a city, but will… more
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.
PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox explores the role that the GOP’s close association with the Christian Right may have played among American Jews in the 2012 election:
The GOP hopes that it can convince disaffected Jewish Americans who supported Obama in 2008 to vote Republican in November.
Jewish Americans may be a relatively small voting bloc, but they remain at the center of a battle for their political loyalty, with Republicans seeking to paint a dismal portrait of Democrats’ record on Israel. A new analysis of Jewish voting patterns in presidential elections from 1972 to 2008 from the nonpartisan Solomon Project, however, shows (once again) that efforts to pry a substantial number of Jewish voters away from… more
On Saturday night, Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman found themselves in an unlikely alliance on an important foreign policy issue: torture. Responding to Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, both of whom expressed their support for waterboarding (which was banned by the Obama administration in 2009), both candidates emphatically declared that the practice was torture, not an “enhanced interrogation” technique. Paul decried waterboarding as “immoral” and “illegal under… 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? Planning to hop on a plane next week for the holidays? Here’s an air travel horror story that will make you check your seat pockets for bugs. In Tablet magazine, a Shia-born Iranian American reviews the new show, All-American Muslim,… more
After a morning of uncertain and contradictory news, Libyan former dictator Moammar Gaddafi was confirmed dead. According to Abdulrahman Busin, the military liaison to Libya’s transitional government, Gaddafi was injured and captured by revolutionaries as he attempted to escape an attack on Sirte, his home town. Spontaneous celebrations erupted in Sirte and other parts of Libya as the news of Gaddafi’s death spread. The dictator ruled the country for 42… more
Where were you during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001? According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, even if you were only eight years old when the attacks occurred, chances are you still remember where you were or what you were doing. The report, “Ten Years after 9/11: United in Remember, Divided over Policies,” reveals an America that was profoundly… more
In the wake of a new survey on Muslim-Americans from the Pew Research Center, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the congressman behind last spring’s series of hearings on the alleged radicalization of American Muslims, castigated the American Muslim community for failing to do enough to support his investigations. “I don’t know what world they’re living in,” said King, of the 41% of Muslim-Americans who questioned the “sincerity” of the U.S. effort… more