2012 Election

How American Presidents Pass the God and Country Test

[01.29.2014]

Would you be surprised to learn that “God bless America” isn’t a standard closing for official speeches by U.S. presidents? In fact, the phrase wasn’t publicly used by a president until 1973 when Richard Nixon appealed to the American public in the face of the escalating Watergate scandal, according to the new book profiled by Huffington Post, The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America.

Will Shorter Lines Boost Voter Turnout at the Polls?

[01.23.2014]

The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration has released a report encouraging jurisdictions across the country to cut down on long lines at polls on Election Day by expanding early voting, increasing online voter registration, and checking voter registration lists against those provided by other states.

The GOP’s Conservative Conundrum

[02.06.2013]

PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox explores the role that the GOP’s close association with the Christian Right may have played among American Jews in the 2012 election:

The (Continued) Politics of Racial Resentment

[11.28.2012]

Affiliated Scholar Paul A. Djupe explores data which sheds light on the level of racial resentment toward Obama among white Americans.

The GOP’s Marriage Problem

[11.16.2012]

In the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack Obama, analysts have noted that the Republican nominee lost in large measure due to changing American demographics—particularly the rise of the Latino vote, non-white Christians, and the religiously unaffiliated. But another demographic trend also threatens to hurt Republican chances in the future: the decline of marriage.

Religion and the 2012 Election on Fox5 News

[11.06.2012]

Just before the 2012 election, Dr. Robert P. Jones joined Fox5 anchor Brian Bolter to discuss the role of religion in the 2012 election.

The Election By the Numbers

[11.05.2012]

Just before the 2012 election, Dr. Robert P. Jones was interviewed by Religion & Politics’ Tiffany Stanley, who asked several important questions about what Dr. Jones will be looking for in the post-election data.

Will California Voters Outlaw the Death Penalty?

[10.29.2012]

California voters are at the center of one particularly heated debate: on November 6, they will have the opportunity to decide whether the death penalty should be abolished in their state, after being restored three decades ago.

The Evolution of the Religiously Unaffiliated Vote, 1980-2008

[10.26.2012]

An exploration of the unaffiliated vote since 1980s shows two interesting features: first, the Democratic advantage among this group is not a recent phenomenon but stretches back at least as far as 1984, and second, that unaffiliated voters display unusually robust support for third-party and independent candidates.

Mourdock, God’s Will, and Rape: How Americans Really Think About God and Public Policy

[10.26.2012]

In the wake of Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s controversial comments about rape and God’s will, Dr. Robert P. Jones explores how religious Americans reconcile their theological convictions with public policy.

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