Mark A. Smith is professor of Political Science and an adjunct professor of Comparative Religion and Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on economic and religious groups, ideas, and influences in American politics. In his new book, Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics, Dr. Smith argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is and is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them.
From the PRRI Blog
Americans think climate change is a problem—just not for them. Our climate change survey reveals Americans’ perceptions of who will be harmed by climate change.
The New York Times’ Charles M. Blow heavily quotes a recent PRRI post on Iowan Republicans tendency to be more socially conservative than the rest of the country—and the challenges that poises for 2016 GOP candidates.
Using the American Values Atlas, we explore nine of the country’s key battleground states—particularly, how each state’s religious make-up is changing.
In today’s buzz, the Catholic Church’s storied history using Twitter and meeting Caitlyn Jenner.
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More Posts from the PRRI Blog
The New York Times’ Frank Bruni uses AVA findings to show that American Catholics are more progressive than many believe them to be.
PRRI’s Religion, Values, and Climate Change Survey finds stark political and religious divides on views about climate change.
In his New York Times column, Albert Hunt talks to PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones about the political ramifications of the rise in the religiously unaffiliated.
Using a PRRI post, the New York Times’ Charles M. Blow argues that the unaffiliated have long been politically underrepresented.
PRRI’s millennial report reveals that two-thirds of millennials say the term “millennial” doesn’t describe them well.
As we gear up for the 2016 elections, we use the AVA to take an in-depth look at some of the early primary states: New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina.
PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones’ latest article in The Atlantic shows that support for same-sex marriage among religious Americans has jumped nearly 20 percentage points in the last decade.
PRRI finds an ideological divide among white and Hispanic Catholics on issues related to the existence, cause, and severity of climate change.
Ahead of arguments for the SCOTUS same-sex marriage case taking place next week, PRRI takes a look at support for same-sex marriage by religious affilliation.
Although PRRI’s surveys find that Americans agree on the idea of protecting the earth, they are less supportive of and more divided on laws that would do so.