On Tuesday, senators decided to boost security requirements around student visas, citing the Boston Marathon attacks as the impetus for their actions. More than 8-in-10 Americans say that promoting national security should be a very or extremely guiding factor in immigration reform.
Pablo Pantoja, the RNC’s State Director of Florida Outreach, wrote an open letter announcing that he is switching his political allegiances to the Democrats in the wake of the Heritage Foundation’s recent report on immigration reform, co-authored by a researcher who had previously suggested that Hispanic immigrants have lower IQs.
Sen. Rand Paul is aggressively courting evangelical voters in an attempt to win over the GOP establishment. This shouldn’t be too difficult, given Sen. Paul’s Tea Party roots – a 2010 PRRI analysis showed significant overlap between the Christian conservative movement and the Tea Party movement.
A Texas judge ruled that cheerleaders at a Southeast Texas high school can carry banners emblazoned with Bible verses before football games. More than three-quarters (76%) of Americans also agree that public high schools should be allowed to sponsor prayer before football games.
A recent edition of PolitiFact, a nonpartisan organization designed to find the truth in politics, used PRRI data to determine whether former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was correct in saying that “Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform.”
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? The question, of course, for this gentleman is: why Pink Floyd? Four years ago, a popular mayor from a West Texas town left for Mexico because his partner, a man, was an undocumented immigrant. Many Americans agree that immigrants should… more
A new Urban Institute study shows that over the past five years, the wealth gap between white Americans and racial minorities has widened substantially. Black (78%) and Hispanic (78%) Americans are also more likely than white Americans (54%) to agree that our society would be better off if the distribution of wealth was more equal.
By refusing to hear a case on Alabama’s immigration law and letting the lower court decision stand, the Supreme Court’s decision more closely aligns with public preferences for federally-based solutions to immigration.
NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay yesterday, making him the first active openly gay athlete in professional sports. More than one-third of Americans say that more gay and lesbian people coming out is a good thing for society, nearly half say it makes no difference, and less than 1-in-5 say it is a bad thing for society.
If Rhode Island legalizes same-sex marriage, New England will become the first region in the U.S. where all of the states allow gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. What are the religious roots of these concentrated levels of support?