Is the American Dream Dead?


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.

Despite Shutdown, Thousands March in Washington for Immigration Reform


Today’s Buzz covers a march for immigration reform, how you can start your own religion, and the faith-based case for increasing wages for underpaid federal workers.

Congress Faces the Realities of the Internet


In which Congress slowly begins to recognize that this internet fad is not going away.

New Survey Finds Large Gender Gap on Valentine’s Day Expectations


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? If your cat needs a birthday present, may I suggest this? Our new survey finds large gender gaps on men and women’s expectations for Valentine’s Day. Men are twenty points more likely than women to predict that they will have […]

How Do Top Earners Feel About Being Taxed More Heavily?


How do top earners feel about being taxed more heavily? More than 6-in-10 Americans who make more than $100,000 a year agree that the government should raise taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year.

Congressman Says Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are “Lies from the Pit of Hell”


A Republican congressman who happens to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, drew fire after decrying evolution and the Big Bang theory as “lies from the pit of hell.”

Do the Rich Pay Too Little in Taxes?


According to a new poll, the wealthy are smarter and more hard-working, but also greedier and more dishonest.

Churches Face Challenges in Upgrading to Religion 2.0


Although a few churches are using social media to connect with their congregants quite effectively, most places of worship have sparse online offerings and few Americans report using technology or social media for religious purposes.

May 29, 2012


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? Have you ever wondered where ice cream flavors go when they die? I don’t know if they go to ice cream heaven, but at least at Ben and Jerry’s, they get a proper burial. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a […]

How Religious Americans Think About The Environment, Natural Disasters, and More


Yesterday was Earth Day – what better excuse to meditate on religious (and non-religious) Americans’ varying perspectives on environmental issues? After all, nearly 6-in-10 (59%) of Americans say they hear clergy at their place of worship speak about the environment. From natural disasters to global warming to environmental policy, here are a few tidbits for your Earth Day enjoyment: Environmental Stewardship: Rick Santorum made headlines earlier in the election cycle […]

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