A new Columbia University study predicts that heat-related deaths in New York City could increase by one-third in the coming decades, thanks to climate change. More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans agree that over the last few years, the weather has gotten more extreme
Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan will offer the closing blessing at the Republican National Convention (assuming it’s not derailed by Hurricane Isaac), suggesting that the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ denunciation of VP candidate Paul Ryan’s proposed budget has been trumped by the ongoing struggle over religious liberty.
What should we expect from Catholics between now and Election day?
Mitt Romney has played down his personal Mormon faith, but has not hesitated to harness “religion” under other guises for political gain.
For the first time, there is no Protestant on the Republican ticket.
The “right to pray” amendment to the Missouri constitution passed by a wide margin earlier this week. The amendment, among other provisions, allows for schoolchildren’s “right to pray and acknowledge God voluntarily in their schools.”
Although much of the debate over religious liberty has focused on the contraception mandate, there has also been a significant amount of disagreement about whether religiously affiliated adoption agencies can refuse to place children with qualified gay and lesbian couples. More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans say that religiously affiliated agencies that receive federal funding should not be able to refuse to place children with qualified gay and lesbian couples. Roughly… more
Recent research shows that for some people who oppose same-sex marriage, religious liberty is a primary concern. When Americans who initially oppose same-sex marriage are asked whether they would support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry if the law guaranteed that no church or congregation would be required to perform marriages for gay and lesbian couples, support for allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry increases 6 points, from 52%… more
As PRRI observed in a research note earlier this year, in 2011, majorities of most religious groups favored allowing gay and lesbian couple to marry legally, illustrating that the old narrative of battle lines between secular supporters and religious opponents no longer serves as an accurate characterization of the landscape of the same-sex marriage debate. Support is strongest among Jews (76%), the unaffiliated (72%), and non-Christian religiously affiliated Americans (63%), a group… more
American’s views about whether religiously affiliated employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception differ significantly depending on the type of organization in question. While more than 6-in-10 Americans believe that publicly held corporations should abide by this requirement, a slim majority (52%) say that religiously affiliated social service agencies should also be required to provide this type of coverage. Only about 4-in-10… more