Gay & Lesbian Issues

Target’s Support for Same-sex Marriage Mirrors Customers’ Views

[08.07.2014]

Target’s endorsement of same-sex marriage won’t alienate customers, but Walmart could see more of a backlash from shoppers should the big-box store follow its competitor’s lead.

Anti-Gay and -Lesbian Bullying and Discrimination

[03.25.2014]

Today, most Americans (68 percent) believe that gay and lesbian people face a lot of discrimination in the United States. For many younger gay and lesbian people, discrimination often comes in the form of bullying, which has prompted a national discussion about anti-gay attitudes toward and bullying of gay and lesbian youth. Today, nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans agree that bullying of gay and lesbian teenagers is a major problem in schools.

VIDEO: MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart talks about Gay Marriage in the South using PRRI Data

[03.20.2014]

While filling in for Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC earlier this week, Jonathan Capehart discussed rapidly evolving views on same-sex marriage in the South. In the segment, Capehart points to PRRI data that demonstrates the dramatic shift in attitudes about same-sex marriage in the South over the past ten years. In 2003, 23 percent of Southerners supported same-sex marriage; in 2013 that number jumped to 48 percent.

Pope Francis Marks One Year in the Vatican

[03.14.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers the pontiff’s first year in the Vatican, the New Hampshire House of Representatives’ vote to repeal the state’s death penalty, and a new poll showing most Americans don’t see global warming as a threat.

A Year in the Life of Pope Francis I

[03.13.2014]

Today marks one year since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. Here’s a look back at some of Pope Francis’s most memorable moments during his first year in the Vatican.

How do Church Stances on LGBT Issues Affect Americans’ Decisions to Leave Religion?

[03.13.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers the cost of passing on health insurance, a new and controversial statue of “Homeless Jesus,” and Thomas Edsall’s use of PRRI data in his latest for The New York Times.

Are Millennials Leaving Religion Over LGBT Issues?

[03.13.2014]

The fact that most Millennials who are now religiously unaffiliated were raised in a religious tradition raises important questions about the forces responsible for this recent shift. PRRI’s latest survey finds one reason for high rates of disaffiliation among Millennials is their perception about how religious institutions treat gay and lesbian people.

President Obama Appears on Comedy Show to Promote Healthcare.gov

[03.12.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers Colorado’s profits from marijuana taxes, why marijuana works to help people who are sick, and the generational gap between young and old Republicans on social issues.

Republican Hispanic Outreach: Running Out of Time?

[03.11.2014]

Hispanic Americans are a becoming a crucial demographic for both political parties. However, in recent elections, Hispanics have strongly preferred Democratic candidates. Juhem Navarro-Rivera identifies a significant problem facing the Republican party — that for many conservative activists minority outreach is not a priority — and what Republicans must do to gain the Hispanic vote in the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

Reasons for Increasing Support for Same-sex Marriage in the South

[03.11.2014]

On its home page, The Atlantic features a piece by PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones, “The South’s Stunning Embrace of Gay Marriage,” which explores the growth in support for same-sex marriage in Dixieland. In the South overall, support for same-sex marriage has risen dramatically during the past decade, from 22 percent in 2003 to 48 percent in 2013.