Union membership gets a boost, location vs. religion, and just how many Americans will be watching the big game?

    It seems that there is at least one thing on the rise despite the poor economy. The somewhat surprising finding is that union membership is up slightly amid all the news about layoffs. Dave Heller and Frank Newport explain the paradox in today’s “What Are We Thinking?.” We’ll also find out what your geography has to do with your religiosity in America. And finally, maybe you’ve heard of this weekend’s big deal event, the Super Bowl.

    It seems that there is at least one thing on the rise despite the poor economy. The somewhat surprising finding is that union membership is up slightly amid all the news about layoffs. Dave Heller and Frank Newport explain the paradox in today’s “What Are We Thinking?.” Plus, we’ll take a look at ranking of the most Democratic and most Republican states in the union. We’ll also find out what your geography has to do with your religiosity in America. And finally, maybe you’ve heard of this weekend’s big deal event, the Super Bowl. Let’s get right to Gallup’s numbers. How many Americans will be watching? And is it safe to assume more men than women?

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