Robert P. Jones

In The Atlantic | Why It’s Hard for White People to Get Ferguson by Robert P. Jones

[08.21.2014]

Today, The Atlantic’s most popular article is a feature by PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones, which explores one important reason why whites perceive the issue of race in America so differently than blacks. According to Jones, many whites have difficulty understanding the problems faced by black Americans which led to the unrest in Ferguson Mo. simply because whites are socially isolated from African Americans and their experiences. Most whites are surrounded predominantly—if not exclusively—by other white friends and family.

In The Atlantic | Crossing Party Lines at the Border by Robert P. Jones

[08.01.2014]

CEO Robert P. Jones has penned an article for The Atlantic giving further insight into the data. According to Jones, Americans’ perspective about the situation at the border, and how best to address it, is one of “compassionate pragmatism.”

In The Atlantic | How the Politics of Nostalgia Sank Eric Cantor

[06.12.2014]

Check out Robert P. Jones’s latest article for The Atlantic, “How the Politics of Nostalgia Sank Eric Cantor.” In the piece, Dr. Jones explores the reasons for Eric Cantor’s unexpected loss to his Tea Party competitor. One reason examined is Cantor’s support for immigration reform and how immigration often serves as the vehicle for conservatives expressing their fear of the “changing cultural, religious, and ethnic identity of the United States” and what those changes could mean for the Republican Party.

In The Atlantic | Unspoken Racial Tensions in the U.S.

[05.12.2014]

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.

In The Atlantic | Pope Francis’s Challenge to the Evangelical-Catholic Coalition

[04.17.2014]

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.

In The Atlantic | Gay marriage in Dixieland? PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones Unpacks the Possibility

[03.10.2014]

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.

As Judge Overturns ban, new PRRI Survey Sheds Light on Texans’ Views on Same-Sex Marriage

[02.26.2014]

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.

On FoxNews.com | CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones on the Supernatural and the Super Bowl

[01.23.2014]

PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones sat down with FoxNews.com’s Lauren Green yesterday to discuss PRRI’s latest report, which examines Americans’ opinions on whether supernatural forces are at play in sports.

In Huffington Post | 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.

In Figuring Faith | 13 Top Religion and Politics Findings from 2013

[12.16.2013]

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!