Janelle Wong is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Director of Asian American Studies at University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Her research focuses on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Dr. Wong is the author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. She is currently working on a book about the impact Asian American and Latino evangelical Christians will have on the traditional conservative Christian movement and immigrant political participation. Recently, PRRI had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wong in depth about some of the 2014 American Values Survey’s findings on Asian Americans.
In May, Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage. Will this controversial move erode Obama’s popularity within the black community? This question has emerged several times since Obama’s endorsement, and is likely to surface again before the election. In this week’s post for “Figuring Faith,” Dr. Robert P. Jones gives three reasons why Obama’s position on same-sex marriage will not hurt him among black Americans, who remain one of the President’s most loyal constituencies:
Three findings signal that efforts leverage this issue to galvanize the black community against Obama are unlikely to be unsuccessful: continued overwhelming support for Obama among black voters, the fact that same-sex marriage is a very low-priority issue for black Americans, and—the most direct evidence at all—most black Americans who are aware of Obama’s support for same-sex marriage also approve of his position.