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
In the wake of another mass shooting, we took a look at what actions Americans think could prevent such shootings from happening in the future.
President Obama’s recent visit to an Oklahoma prison highlighted the issue of mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders—here’s where Americans stand.
Using the American Values Atlas, we take a closer look at the religious make-up of four of the five New York City boroughs.
In today’s buzz, former AAR president boycotts Brigham Young University for its policy to expel those who leave Mormon faith, plus McDonald’s all day breakfast.
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As Kim Davis continues to make headlines, and the pope will speak on religious freedom in Philadelphia, we take a look at where US Catholics stand on the issue.
Although Hispanic Catholics are a fast-growing population in the U.S., Pope Francis will spend most of his time during his stateside tour visiting communities dominated by white Catholics.
Listen to PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones Talk About Pope Francis and American Catholics on Interfaith Voices
PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones speaks to NPR host Maureen Fiedler about American Catholics ahead of the pope’s visit to the U.S.
PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones Gives Keynote Presentation at the White House’s Fifth Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge
PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones spoke at the White House’s Fifth Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge—see the full presentation here.
Ahead of Pope Francis’ trip to the U.S., we take a look at where Catholics in each of the cities he will visit stand on key policy issues.
Later this month, Pope Francis will visit D.C., NYC, and Philadelphia—we take a look at the racial and ethnic make-up of each city’s Catholic populations.
Analysis of the new PRRI/RNS survey looks at the 15 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic but no longer identify as such.
PRRI’s latest survey highlighted important racial and ethnic divides in the U.S. Catholic population — and new analysis shows that Catholics are divided by religious participation as well.
Catholics Twice as Likely to Agree with Pope Francis on Climate Change Than Disagree, But Many Still Unfamiliar with Views
Pope Francis had made his stance on climate change clear, but American Catholics are largely divided on his position on the issue.