Today’s Buzz covers a new same-sex marriage case in Wyoming, public opinion on the issue of job protections for LGBT workers, and how many Americans believe AIDS might be God’s punishment for immoral sexual behavior.
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? Around the water cooler last Monday, there appeared to be more discussion about the new Coca-Cola commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVIII than the game itself. The commercial featured a same-sex family, people of many religions, races and ethnicities… more
“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.
Is the American Dream dead? Maybe in the South, according to new data from researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As Matthew O’Brien reports in The Atlantic, the study finds that those who strive to move up economically have about the same chances as people did in the 1950s. However, your economic prospects depend not only on indicators like race, inequality, and family structure, but also on region and the degree of inequality in your local community. O’Brien notes that the bigger the gap between the rich and the poor, the less mobility there is. PRRI’s Economic Values Survey found that nearly half (47 percent) of Americans say they are worse off financially than their parents’ generation. Sixteen percent say about the same, and 36 percent say they are better off financially than their parents’ generation.
A new government report found that teen birth rates have declined substantially among Hispanic Americans over the past five years. A majority of Hispanic Americans agree that birth control should be available to teenagers age 16 and older without parental consent.
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.
Mark Sanford’s political redemption at the ballot box on Tuesday bodes well for other disgraced politicians, like Anthony Weiner, who may be mulling a new bid for elected office? Or was Sanford’s indiscretion simply more forgivable?
A new survey shows that American Muslims feel more at ease in contemporary Western pluralistic societies than their co-religionists in other parts of the world.
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.
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?