September, 2010

Colbert calls for immigration reform; Americans with him on path to citizenship, divided about jobs 


Today comedian Stephen Colbert appeared before a House sub-committee to discuss immigration reform. His testimony, delivered tongue-in-cheek, contained a serious message. According to the Washington Post: His message: Working on a farm is so hard that Americans don’t want to do it, so immigration and labor laws should be reformed to allow illegal crop workers a clean path to citizenship. … Fully in character, Colbert continued, “I don’t want a […]

Despite Struggle in the Senate, Americans Clearly in Favor of Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell


Amid the political wrangling over the Defense Authorization Bill today that centers on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as enacting the DREAM Act, we are reminded that Americans are decidedly in favor of allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military. A report PRRI released last month that analyzed over two decades of polling by Pew Research Center on gay and lesbian issues […]

Religion Dispatches: Can Mormon Glenn Beck Unite the Christian Right?


In Religion Dispatches today Kathryn Joyce addresses the possibility of a political partnership between conservative Christian denominations and the Mormon church. Glenn Beck’s efforts to transform himself from Fox News demagogue into a religious leader for Tea Party America has a lot of commentators discussing the feasibility of a Mormon convert leading a wary evangelical and Catholic right in a faith-driven cause. While there are significant roadblocks hindering Beck’s quest […]

First Monthly PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll Features Glenn Beck


The Public Religion Research Institute team announced yesterday a unique new product in partnership with Religion News Service–the PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll. Each month, in partnership with RSN, PRRI will be conducting a national poll on current news related to the role of religion in public life. Released today, our inaugural PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll focuses on how Americans view Fox news host Glenn Beck in the wake of his […]

PRRI Announces New Monthly Religion News Poll


Today we officially announced our new partnership with Religion News Service to provide a monthly poll on issues pulled from the headlines.  The PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll will survey Americans on a different religion topic each month, taking a snapshot of opinions on issues of the day. We did a soft launch of the poll last month, focusing on the proposed Park51 Islamic center and mosque near the former site […]