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
Just in time for the weekend’s celebrations of everything Americana, PRRI finds that a plurality of Americans no longer believe the U.S. is a Christian nation.
The Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage is just first of many hurdles the LGBT community faces as they strive for acceptance and equal rights.
As Americans prepare for the Fourth of July, PRRI takes a look at what the public thinks makes someone “truly” American, and how Americans view immigrants.
In today’s buzz, the Fourth of July in numbers.
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In light of SCOTUS’ ruling on same-sex marriage, The New York Times’ op-ed contributor Evan Wolfson uses PRRI to explore what’s next for the LGBT community.
In his latest article for The Atlantic, PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones explores what’s next for the LGBT community once SCOTUS rules on same-sex marriage.
In The Associated Press/The New York Times | 5 Things to Know About Public Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage
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Ahead of the pope’s encyclical on the environment, PRRI looks at how Catholics compare with other religious Americans on the topics of dominion and stewardship.
In the wake of Caitlyn Jenner’s gender transition, the New York Times uses a PRRI report to show just how few Americans report having close transgender friends.
New analysis of AVA findings show that Republicans are unlikely to embrace same-sex marriage anytime soon.
New analysis of PRRI’s American Values Atlas reveals just how important age is in determining one’s likelihood of favoring the legalization of same-sex marriage.
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