Robert P. Jones's Archive

What Do American Catholics Want From the New Pope?

[02.21.2013]

Next month, the College of Cardinals will select a new pope. Their choice will help shape the trajectory of the Catholic Church, which has seen significant global demographic shifts over the past century, as well as tensions about the role of tradition and modern culture. In his latest column for Figuring Faith, his Washington Post blog, PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones tackles the difficult question of what American Catholics want from the new pope.

The State of the Union: Divided

[02.13.2013]

Just before President Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address to Congress, Dr. Robert P. Jones outlined the state of public opinion on the issues that Obama was likely to address in his speech.

Why Pro-Life Catholics and Evangelicals Part Ways on Gun Control

[01.16.2013]

Just before President Obama announces his new gun control policy proposals, including an assault weapons ban and better background checks for gun buyers, Dr. Robert P. Jones illuminates the religious divide on gun control in a column for “Figuring Faith.”

After Divisive Election, Voters Support Balanced Approach to Budget Crisis

[12.03.2012]

In this week’s column for Figuring Faith, Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines why politicians should move past ideological logjams as they seek to find a solution to the impending fiscal cliff.

How Values, Demographics, and the Economy Helped Shape the Election

[11.07.2012]

The day after the 2012 election, Dr. Robert P. Jones examines the role that values, demographics, and the economy played in American voters’ decision to elect President Barack Obama to a second term in office.

What the Campaigns Should Know About the Religiously Unaffiliated

[10.23.2012]

The religiously unaffiliated are a rapidly growing but often misunderstood group, as Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines in his latest column for “Figuring Faith,” his blog at the Washington Post.

Presidential Debate Challenge: Connecting With the Misunderstood White Working Class

[10.03.2012]

At the first presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will both need to overcome two commonly held stereotypes if they want to successfully appeal to white working-class voters. In this week’s article for “Figuring Faith,” Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines this significant challenge.

President Obama’s Faith Challenge at the Democratic Convention

[09.06.2012]

Tonight, Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination for the second time. But as he moves into the home stretch of the campaign, he faces a significant challenge: many Americans are not aware of his religious faith.

Romney’s High-Wire Act on Religion at the Republican Convention

[08.27.2012]

In his speech at the Republican National Convention, Romney will need to discuss his Mormon faith without delving into the specifics of Mormon theology.

Why Obama’s Support for Gay Marriage Won’t Hurt Him Among African Americans

[08.06.2012]

In May, Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage. Will this controversial move erode Obama’s popularity within the black community?