Jeff Flake Joins Dozens of Republicans in Support of Joe Biden

Jeff Flake Joins Dozens of Republicans in Support of Joe Biden

Former Republican Senator Jeff Flake (AZ) has joined more than two dozen former Republican lawmakers in publicly endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Recent PRRI data shows that Biden’s favorability among Republicans has increased from 13% to 18% in the last two months. “These former members of Congress cited Trump’s corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course as a reason why they support Biden,” a Biden campaign official told Fox News.

Wisconsin Man Shot By Police, Sparking Protests

PRRI data shows that more than four in ten (42%) Americans say that recent killings of unarmed Black men are isolated incidents, compared to a majority (56%) who say such killings are part of a broader pattern of how police treat Black Americans. On Sunday, officers from the Kenosha Police Department shot Jacob Blake in the back while he was entering a vehicle. “While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers wrote of the situation. Additional data shows that half (50%) of white Americans, compared to 17% of Black Americans, say recent police killings of unarmed Black men are isolated incidents.

DNC Embraces ‘Personal Faith’ of Most Democrats

Recent PRRI data shows that former Vice President Joe Biden has seen increased support from several religious groups, especially among white Catholics. Almost two-thirds (66%) now hold favorable views of the Democratic nominee, compared to 40% in July. In a recent piece for Religion News Service, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons looks at how the Democratic National Convention embraced religion, specifically during a speech by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). Coons is a divinity school graduate and Presbyterian elder. “Coons’ speech Thursday set a new standard for how Democrats can approach faith outreach: Acknowledge the faith of the American people, the personal faith of most Democrats, and cast policy battles in moral terms” he writes.


The Washington Post: More Black Lives Matter Signs than Confederate Flags in Stone Mountain

PRRI’s most recent data shows Americans are divided on whether Confederate flags are symbols of racism (49%) or symbols of Southern pride (48%). This is only a modest shift from 2019, when a slim majority (52%) said the flag was a symbol of Southern pride, and 45% said it was a symbol of racism. In The Washington Post, Arvin Temkar writes of a recent visit to Stone Mountain, Georgia, and the lack of Confederate flags in the town adjacent to the well-known Confederate monument. “Stone Mountain, I’ve found, is not what I imagined. In the few weeks I’ve spent wandering around the town, the park and the surrounding area, I’ve met Black people, brown people, white people, Muslims, Christians, Mormons and a white lesbian couple with an adopted Black son.” According to Temkar, the Stone Mountain of old is fading away.

Kansas Commission Adds LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

“The commission that enforces Kansas’ nondiscrimination laws will begin hearing claims from people who allege they are being mistreated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” reports The Associated Press. The Kansas Human Rights Commission announced they would expand on the recent U.S. Supreme Court case barring discrimination against LGBT people in employment decisions and hear complaints on LGBT discrimination in other areas of society, including housing and educational institutions. PRRI data shows that 72% of Kansans support laws that protect LGBT individuals from discrimination.