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.
This week, PRRI Research Director Dan Cox had the opportunity to sit down with the proprietors of the American Enterprise Institute’s “Banter” podcast, Stu and Andrew, to discuss our recent poll on sports and religion. The hosts confessed their impulse to get on their knees and pray during the Super Bowl (one of them is from San Francisco), while Dan explored the poll’s findings, which discovered that nearly 3-in-10 Americans believe God has a hand in the outcome of sporting events.
Dan explained regional differences on the issue, and delved into some of the poll’s other findings, which included Americans’ perspective on whether God rewards faithful athletes with good health and success. Does God have stronger feelings about Ray Lewis, the Ravens linebacker who often expresses his faith publicly, than the ill-fated Tim Tebow, who often prays on the field but may soon be out of a job?
You can listen to the podcast here. Dan’s section begins around 9 minutes in.