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 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.
In today’s buzz, another widely cited study is under question, and the pope’s aide urges businesses not to let profit get in the way of protecting the planet.
- Morning Buzz | Governor Jindal Resurrects Louisiana’s Religious Freedom Bill
- Morning Buzz | Sen. Rand Paul Sidesteps Abortion Question
More Posts from the PRRI Blog
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.
Data from PRRI’s American Values Atlas shows how support for same-sex marriage looks different depending on the legal status of same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
PRRI’s American Values Atlas explores state differences on support for same-sex marriage.
Using PRRI’s survey on millennials, sexuality, and reproductive health, we explore millennial feminists—who they are, who they’re not, and what they believe.
PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones appeared on Scripps News’ DecodeDC podcast to discuss “religious freedom” laws and America’s changing religious and cultural landscape.
Millennials are divided on the issue of abortion. The “selfie” generation strays from the traditional “pro-choice” and “pro-life” labels—partly because they don’t unanimously agree on abortion’s legality. PRRI’s millennial, sexuality, and reproductive health survey found that a majority (55 percent) of millennials say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 42 percent say it should be illegal in all or most cases. But not all millennials share these views; Asian-Pacific […]