PRRI Speaks with Alan Abramowitz about America’s Growing Political and Cultural Polarization
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In PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones’ latest article in The Atlantic, he examines the slim margin between Republicans and Democrats in five key Senate races this midterm election. Although the GOP has historically enjoyed stalwart support from what was once considered a base constituency, white evangelical Protestants are dwindling in numbers—not only in the South but throughout the United States. In fact, the number of white evangelical Protestants nationwide has slipped from 22 percent in 2007 to 18 percent today, which may not bode well for Republicans at the polls this November.
After liberal language is used in a synod report, Catholic conservatives bit back. But how do congregant values stack up against institutional outlook?
Nearly two months have passed since police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s death has exacerbated a feeling of injustice among Ferguson residents and the rest of the country, especially among racial minorities. Data from PRRI’s 2014 American Values Survey suggest that the events in Ferguson mirror Americans’ deep discontent about racial and economic inequality at the national level.
In today’s buzz, Catholic bishops vote against more accepting language toward the LGBT community in synod report.
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It’s been an exciting year for research on politics and religion, with key new data emerging on hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, immigration reform and raising the minimum wage, and on important groups such as the Tea Party, Hispanics, and Catholics. As originally posted on “Figuring Faith,” my blog at The Washington Post, here are the Public Religion Research Institute’s top 13 findings from 2013!
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Our latest infographic illustrates how colorblind Americans believe our criminal justice system to be—and how opinions shifted after the events in Ferguson, Mo.
On Friday, PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones appeared on MSNBC’s The Reid Report to discuss how Americans are dispirited about the economy despite the release of new data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics showing an increase in jobs and a drop in the unemployment rate. The live segment also covered the American Dream, immigration reform, and other findings from the 2014 American Values Survey. Jones reported the public is waking […]
Today, The Atlantic features an article by PRRI’s CEO Robert P. Jones and Research Director Daniel Cox, who push back against speculations, based on a single recent poll from Pew, that support for same-sex marriage is declining. They give four reasons why dips in support for same-sex marriage in individual polls do not indicate a reversal of the current trend.
PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones discusses how a question from the American Values Survey 2014 about whether black Americans and other minorities receive equal treatment in the criminal justice system vividly captures the strikingly different reactions of white and non-white Americans to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Event Wrap-up | American Values Survey 2014: Economic Insecurity, Rising Inequality and Doubts about the Future
On September 23, 2014, Public Religion Research Institute released findings from our American Values Survey 2014, “Economic Insecurity, Rising Inequality, and Doubts about the Future.” We found that Americans have a decidedly gloomy outlook on the economy and their own personal financial situation. The event, held at Brookings’ Falk Auditorium, featured panelists Dr. Alan Abramowitz (Emory University), Joy Reid (MSNBC), and Henry Olsen (American Enterprise Institute). William Galston and E.J. Dionne, from the Brookings Governance Studies program, moderated the presentation. The conversation was followed by a lively Q&A with the audience.
Findings from PRRI”s American Values Survey, which point both to the economic anxiety Americans are experiencing—personally and systemically—and to Americans’ plummeting confidence in the criminal justice system’s treatment of blacks and other minorities, are being covered in major national media outlets.
Journalists at many national media outlets are reporting on the incisive data,
Economic hardships continue to plague the American public, reports PRRI’s 2014 American Values Survey
New Survey | Economic Insecurity, Rising Inequality, and Doubts about the Future: Findings from PRRI’s 2014 American Values Survey
Today, PRRI released our American Values Survey 2014: Economic Insecurity, Rising Inequality, and Doubts about the Future. Although the economy has improved overall, findings show Americans have a bleak outlook on their personal financial situation and the economic future of the country.
PRRI and SSRS are excited to announce the launch of the American Values Atlas (AVA), a powerful new online tool for understanding the complex demographic, political, and religious changes occurring in the United States today.