Robert P. Jones
Robert P. Jones’s latest article for The Atlantic is now posted on the publication’s home page. In the piece, “The Racial Tensions Lurking Under the Surface of American Society,” Dr. Jones shares how “social desirability bias” affects polling results when Americans are asked about sensitive issues like race. Jones unveils the strategies the PRRI research team employed in the field to deactivate this bias, yielding results that show the anxieties white Americans feel toward the changing racial composition of the country.
Click here to read The Atlantic article by Dr. Jones about how white evangelical Protestants are more aligned with official Roman Catholic Church positions than Catholics and how the Pope’s call for economic justice may effect this political match made in heaven.
This morning, The Atlantic featured a piece by PRRI’s CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones, The South’s Stunning Embrace of Gay Marriage. Amid “the remarkable bevy of judicial decisions overturning bans on same-sex marriage in southern states such as Virginia, Kentucky, and Texas” recently, Jones points to PRRI’s LGBT survey, A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues.
Judge Orlando Garcia said in his decision that “state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution,” but added that the ban on same-sex marriage would remain in place until an appeals court can rule on the case. How will Texans react? PRRI’s A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues provides some insight.
Do You Believe? Americans Less Likely to Believe in Historical Accuracy of Christmas Story Than a Decade Ago[12.17.2013]
My latest column for Huffington Post Religion explores the findings of PRRI’s latest survey, conducted in partnership with Religion News Service and released just this morning, on the drop in the number of Americans who believe the Bible’s Christmas story is historically accurate.
It’s been an exciting year for research on politics and religion, with key new data emerging on hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, immigration reform and raising the minimum wage, and on important groups such as the Tea Party, Hispanics, and Catholics. As originally posted on “Figuring Faith,” my blog at The Washington Post, here are the Public Religion Research Institute’s top 13 findings from 2013!
Despite the ups and downs of the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, public support for a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally has remained steady throughout 2013.
I recently appeared on State of Belief radio to discuss the findings of PRRI’s 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America, with host Rev. Welton Gaddy. He had some great questions for me, including a particularly interesting one about the differences in composition between libertarians and those who identify with the Tea Party movement.
With seven Republican senators and all 55 Democratic senators publicly on board, it now seems likely that the Senate will debate and vote this week on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
As we release the 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America, my latest column for The Washington Post explores the complex relationships between libertarians, the Tea Party and the Christian right and the roles these key conservative constituencies are playing in politics today.