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The Morning Buzz | Obama Administration Adjusts the Contraception Mandate Exemption

[08.25.2014]

In today’s Buzz, the Obama administration announced changes to the contraception mandate exemption, budget cuts threaten a unique Alabama prison education program, working mothers are penalized in hourly jobs, gun groups appeal to women, medical marijuana entrepreneurs try to expand, and a Jewish woman explains why she stopped going to synagogue.

PRRI in The Economist | Same-sex Marriage Poses Existential Problem for American Religions

[07.23.2014]

PRRI is back in the news, this time appearing in a story in The Economist, which questions whether the shift in support for same-sex marriage in the U.S. poses an existential problem for religious denominations that currently oppose it.

The Morning Buzz |Missouri Governor Says No to Concealed Guns in Schools

[07.17.2014]

In today’s Buzz, Missouri’s governor vetoes a law that would allow concealed guns in schools, the White House unveils plans to tackle global warming, a federal court rules that the University of Texas can keep using race as a factor in admissions, and more.

Was Coca-Cola Right? America’s Growing Religious Diversity

[02.06.2014]

“It’s Beautiful,” a Coca-Cola advertisement shown during the Super Bowl, encapsulates American ethnic and religious diversity and has prompted a diversity of responses on social media. A recent PRRI survey shows the growing religious differences between seniors, America’s oldest adults, and Millenials, America’s youngest adults are dramatic. More than 7-in-10 (71 percent) seniors identify as some type of white Christian. In contrast, less than 3-in-10 (28 percent) of Millennials identify as white Christian.

New Survey Explores What it Means to be Jewish

[10.02.2013]

Pew Research Center’s Survey of Jewish Americans, released just yesterday, provides a wealth of demographic and religious information. With an increasing number of Jewish Americans reporting that they are not religious, the survey asked an important question: what does it mean to be Jewish? The survey found that most Jews (62 percent) report being Jewish is primarily a matter of ancestry or culture, while 15 percent say it’s primarily a […]

Age a Factor in Determining Importance of Jewish Holidays

[08.29.2013]

In the Jewish tradition, the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for reflection, repentance and atonement. Most Jews consider these to be the most important to their faith, but PRRI data shows that age plays a role in determining which holidays Jews find personally significant. A majority of older Jewish Americans (53%) say Yom Kippur is the most important Jewish holiday, compared to just more […]

Should Supreme Court Justices Take Public Opinion Into Account?

[05.30.2013]

Should Supreme Court justices take public opinion into account when making decisions? Americans are divided – 47% say yes, while 45% say no. Learn more about Americans’ perspectives on the Supreme Court and affirmative action in our new survey.

Immigration Debate Turns to Gay Spouses

[05.02.2013]

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 […]

American Jews Influence Gender Debates in Israel

[04.24.2013]

Women in Israel are continuing to struggle against ultra-Orthodox restrictions on women’s prayer at the Western Wall, although a deal may be in sight. The dispute has inspired a great deal of negative attention from the American Jewish community, who tend to sympathize with the women, rather than the ultra-Orthodox rabbis. A majority (53%) of American Jews agree that ultra-Orthodox control of life in Israel is a major problem. (Thanks to Arnie for sending this in!)

Will Hispanic Evangelicals Blunt Democratic Advantage among Hispanic Voters

[04.09.2013]

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? Recall the Nutella thieves of Columbia University? They’ve been outdone. Two influential senators may be on the cusp of a bipartisan breakthrough to expand background checks for gun buyers. Two-thirds (67%) of Americans are in favor of stricter enforcement of existing […]