American Values Survey
Race and the Criminal Justice System A slim majority (51 percent) of Americans do not believe that blacks and other minorities receive treatment equal to whites in the criminal justice system, while 46 percent believe that they do. Current opinions about race in the criminal justice system represent a modest downward shift from August 2014, when, in the 2014 Pre-election American Values Survey, a majority (56 percent) of Americans said […]
Survey | 2014 Post-Election American Values Survey, “What Motivated Voters During the Midterm Elections?”[11.11.2014]
Voter Preferences and Outcome of the Midterm Election: The 2014 Vote Early Voting More Americans voted early in 2014 than in 2010. In 2010, 30% of midterm voters said they voted early, while 70% cast their ballot on Election Day. This year, 35% of Americans say they voted early, while 65% report voting on Election Day. Non-white Americans and residents of the South and West were more likely to vote early […]
Over the weekend, PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones made two appearances on the NPR program Interfaith Voices: in one segment, Jones discusses with host Maureen Fiedler how perceptions of Muslims have reached a new low among Americans; in the second conversation with Fiedler, Jones talks about how religious changes in the south—namely, a decrease in the number of white evangelical Protestants—are impacting the upcoming midterm election. “Only six percent of […]
After liberal language is used in a synod report, Catholic conservatives bit back. But how do congregant values stack up against institutional outlook?
Our latest infographic illustrates how colorblind Americans believe our criminal justice system to be—and how opinions shifted after the events in Ferguson, Mo.
Survey | Economic Insecurity, Rising Inequality, and Doubts about the Future: Findings from the 2014 American Values Survey[09.23.2014]
Most Americans have a decidedly negative self-evaluation of their financial situation. Roughly 4-in-10 Americans say they are currently in excellent (7%) or good (34%) shape financially, while a majority of the public report being in only fair (37%) or poor financial shape (20%). This assessment represents a notable drop from 2010, when half of Americans indicated they were in excellent (9%) or good (41%) shape financially.
Conventional wisdom may link the Tea Party movement with the libertarian arm of the Republican Party, but a PRRI survey finds that a majority of libertarians (61%) say they do not consider themselves a part of the Tea Party movement. Libertarians, who make up 7% of the adult population, also hold positions on many important economic and social issues that are distinct from the Tea Party and Republicans overall.
The 2012 Post-Election American Values Survey, conducted after the 2012 presidential election, confirms that winning an overwhelming majority of white Christian votes is no longer sufficient to secure the presidency. When viewed through the lens of religion and race, Obama’s coalition resembles younger voters, while Romney’s coalition resembles older voters.
The 2012 American Values Pre-Election Survey finds that the outcome of the 2012 presidential election will be determined, in part, by which Catholics head to the polls. The survey also shows that the election will be influenced by how many of America’s fastest growing religious community, the religiously unaffiliated, are motivated to vote.
Executive Summary Two-thirds of voters say that it is very important (39%) or somewhat important (28%) for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs. However, roughly 1-in-5 (19%) voters say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had strong religious beliefs if those beliefs were very different from their own. A majority of voters (53%) report that they would be somewhat or very comfortable with […]