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In today’s buzz, the political ramifications of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., plus recent news reports on a “crime wave” in the U.S. may be exaggerated.

Charlie Hebdo and Americans’ Opinions on Religious Violence


A PRRI survey found that Americans have a double standard on religious when evaluating violence committed by self-identified Christians and Muslims.

Unaccompanied Children and Immigration Policy


New Graphic of the Week highlights American attitudes about unaccompanied children and immigration policy.

CNN Interview: Gun Issue Divides Religious Community


Last week, Vice President Joe Biden met with faith leaders to discuss strategies for reducing gun violence. However, as Dr. Robert P. Jones points out in a segment for CNN, there are religious groups on both sides of this issue. While majorities of Catholics and the religiously unaffiliated favor stricter gun control laws, majorities of white mainline and white evangelical Protestants are opposed.

Americans’ Perspectives on the NRA


Vice President Joe Biden will discuss gun control with the National Rifle Association later this week. Americans’ perspectives on the influential gun lobby are mixed.

10-Year Jail Sentence Reveals State-Federal Tension on Marijuana


A California marijuana dispensary owner received 10 years in prison from a federal court earlier this week, starkly illustrating the tension between state and federal authority on the drug’s legal status. A slim majority (52%) of Americans oppose the legalization of marijuana.

Gabrielle Giffords, Gun Control Supporters, and the NRA


Two years to the day after former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, was shot in the head while meeting with constituents in a Tucson parking lot, Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, announced they’re organizing a new gun control campaign. Who is likely to listen to their call?

Biggest Moves in Religion and Politics in 2012


As we look forward to the new year, there are many lessons to be gleaned from 2012’s most important moments in religion and politics. At the CNN Belief Blog, PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones and Research Director Daniel Cox outline the ten biggest shifts in this crucial arena.

Was the “Mormon Moment” More of a Blip?


A new Pew survey reveals that despite Mitt Romney’s lengthy run for office and his much-publicized Mormon faith, 82% of Americans say they learned little to nothing about Mormonism during the 2012 campaign.

Should Teachers Be Armed?


In response to the Sandy Hook shooting, teachers should be armed, says Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Roughly 1-in-10 Americans (but more than one-third of Tea Party members) say that allowing more private citizens to carry guns for protection is the most important thing that can be done to prevent mass shootings.