The Latest Pew Forum Survey

is here.I have two questions:1. Would it be so hard to include a question or two that picks out the intensity with which a respondent holds a position, along with the content of that position? It seems to me that intensity is the most important factor for political analysis.2. I still am looking for a good analysis of how people, and why people, change their minds on moral-political issues. Is it actually because of the arguments? Or is it something else--maybe sense of being part of a broader cultural-moral shift? Or possibly, television and movies--narratives that embed particular views? Have the culture wars changed anything? Sometimes it seems as if we are all caught in some sort of moral and social tsunami.

Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.

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