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.
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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 […]
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Overall, 44 percent of Americans support the death penalty, while 48 percent support life in prison with parole for those convicted of murder.
Americans and millennials alike stray away from the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” labels that have defined the abortion debate for decades.
Contraception’s cost, accessibility, and morality have been hotly debated in recent years—but for millennials, contraception is hardly a controversial topic. This is according to our latest survey, which explores the attitudes of 2,300+ Americans, age 18-35, on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, and public policies on abortion and contraception. The survey reveals that millennials disagree on a number of sexual health issues, including the usefulness of sex education, the legality […]
PRRI data reveals significant generational divides on American Jewish identity.
New York Times’ Frank Bruni uses data from PRRI’s American Values Atlas to help explain the evolving relationship between religion and LGBT discrimination.
In the midst of a national conversation on Indiana and Arkansas’ religious freedom bills, Jones discusses millennial attitudes on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and other LGBT issues with HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps.
Eight in Ten Americans Oppose Allowing Small Business Owners to Refuse Service to Gays, Lesbians on Religious Grounds
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Don’t pass the matzo ball soup just yet—Jewish Americans don’t say Passover is as important as other Jewish holidays. A plurality (43 percent) of American Jews said Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” is the most important Jewish holiday to them personally. This is according to PRRI’s 2012 Jewish Values Survey, which, among other questions, asked Americans who identify as Jewish what the most important Jewish holiday is to them personally. In a distant […]
The Atlantic, NBC News Latino, Washington Post, New Republic, RNS, Elle Magazine, and Fusion were some of the outlets that covered our new data on millennials.
On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released its latest survey, “How Race and Religion Shape Millennial Attitudes on Sexuality and Reproductive Health.” Watch the video of the survey’s release below. PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones explores the survey’s findings in a conversation with Tina Hoff, a Senior Vice President for the Kaiser Family Foundation and Director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Communication and Media Partnerships Program; Dr. Krishna […]