It’s been an exciting year for research on politics and religion, with key new data emerging on hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, immigration reform and raising the minimum wage, and on important groups such as the Tea Party, Hispanics, and Catholics. As originally posted on “Figuring Faith,” my blog at The Washington Post, here are the Public Religion Research Institute’s top 13 findings from 2013!
President Obama made headlines earlier this week by announcing his support for the Harkin-Miller bill, which would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. PRRI’s recently released 2013 American Values Survey explored public opinion on increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.00 an hour, finding that more than 7-in-10 (71 percent) Americans support raising the minimum wage while roughly 1-in-4 (24 percent) oppose.
Our 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America finds that libertarians stand out among conservative groups for their unique religious make-up and comparatively low levels of religious commitment.
I recently appeared on State of Belief radio to discuss the findings of PRRI’s 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America, with host Rev. Welton Gaddy. He had some great questions for me, including a particularly interesting one about the differences in composition between libertarians and those who identify with the Tea Party movement.
Today’s Morning Buzz features Belgium’s discussion about legalizing euthanasia for children, the NSA’s tapping of cardinals’ phones, and which GOP group may have the greatest sway in determining the party’s 2016 nominee!
Although the next presidential primaries are still more than two years away, potential Republican nominees are already jockeying to earn favor with key constituencies. Our newly released American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America finds that some key conservative constituencies, including libertarians, white evangelical Protestants and the Tea Party, are already identifying favorites among the slate of potential candidates.
The newly released 2013 American Values Survey finds that at this early stage, the GOP presidential field is wide open. Among voters who identify or lean Republican, support is spread fairly evenly across the potential 2016 presidential hopefuls in a head-to-head question of multiple candidates.
This week’s Graphic of the Week profiles the interesting ties between three key conservative constituencies.
As we release the 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America, my latest column for The Washington Post explores the complex relationships between libertarians, the Tea Party and the Christian right and the roles these key conservative constituencies are playing in politics today.