On this week’s “Interfaith Voices,” Dr. Robert P. Jones joined host Maureen Fiedler and fellow guest Kim Lawton, the managing editor of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, to discuss the faith factor in the 2012 election.
As the final stretch of the presidential campaign nears, challenges that pollsters face are becoming increasingly important.
Here at Faith in the Numbers, we’re excited to welcome an influx of new contributions from some of the country’s leading scholars on religion and politics. Today, PRRI launched its inaugural Affiliated Scholars program, which weaves a close relationship between the PRRI team and a small group of scholars, in an effort to make more insights on the intersection of religion and politics available for public consumption. The scholars will… more
Our Corner | Mainline Protestant Church Decisions on LGBT Issues Highlight Growing Generational Gaps[07.16.2012]
The Episcopal Church’s recent decision to sanction transgender ordination and blessings for same-sex couples, as well as the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s narrow vote against amending its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, raises new questions about mainline Protestant denominations’ perspectives on gay and lesbian issues. At the Huffington Post, I explore the generational divides that emerge among white mainline Protestants on issues like same-sex marriage: The generational divides in… more
In a new article for the Huffington Post, I explore one largely ignored aspect of the debate over health care reform–the role played by racial identity: In the reactions to the ruling, the powerful way that racial identity shapes attitudes toward the health care law, as well as how this may influence the law’s impact in the -residential race, has been largely overlooked. Comparisons between these key supporters of Romney,… more
Last Saturday, I was featured on State of Belief radio, talking to host Welton Gaddy about the Fortnight for Freedom (which ends on July 4) and religious liberty. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Public Religion Research Institute’s “Fortnight of Facts,” which offers some data as a supplement to the bishops’ campaign. I expanded upon these facts for Gaddy, explaining that nearly six in ten Americans do not… more
Earlier today, I opened a panel on “The Teavangelicals: Who They Are and Why They Are Important,” hosted by Zondervan and the Huffington Post, with some survey data on who exactly the “Teavangelicals” are. I pointed out that about 1-in-10 (11%) Americans say they identify with the Tea Party movement. Among those who identify as members of the Tea Party, 47% also say they consider themselves part of the Religious Right… more
This week, I appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The Brody File” to provide an overview of where the American public stands on the issue of same-sex marriage. I pointed to the strong levels of support for same-sex marriage among Millennials and noted that Millennials’ opinions on same-sex marriage are in large part driven by their personal relationships with gay and lesbian people. This, I explained, makes it difficult to… more
Our Research Director, Daniel Cox, was invited to appear on the American Enterprise Institute’s podcast, “Banter,” to discuss the results of the 2012 Millennial Values Survey. Mr. Cox discussed everything from where the term “Millennial” comes from to the fact that about half of Millennials live at home. He outlined a few defining features of the Millennial generation: Millennials are close with their parents (as evidenced by the large number… more
Last week I appeared on the State of Belief radio show to chat with the Rev. Welton Gaddy about the 2012 Millennial Values Survey. In the interview, I discussed younger Millennials’ perceptions of modern-day Christianity, which are striking. I pointed out that many younger Millennials have moved away from the religion of their childhood to identify as religiously unaffiliated. This generation is more likely to be religiously unaffiliated than other… more