Graphic of the Week
Graphic of the Week examines Southern attitudes about same-sex marriage, including the morality of same-gender sexual relations, generational breaks, and its compatibility with religious beliefs.
PRRI’s latest research, the 2014 LGBT Issues and Trends Survey, shows support for same-sex marriage jumped 21 percentage points from 2003 – when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage – to 2013. Currently, a majority (53 percent) of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, compared to 41 percent who oppose. In 2003, less than one-third (32 percent) of Americans supported allowing gays and… more
“It’s Beautiful,” a Coca-Cola advertisement shown during the Super Bowl, encapsulates American ethnic and religious diversity and has prompted a diversity of responses on social media. A recent PRRI survey shows the growing religious differences between seniors, America’s oldest adults, and Millenials, America’s youngest adults are dramatic. More than 7-in-10 (71 percent) seniors identify as some type of white Christian. In contrast, less than 3-in-10 (28 percent) of Millennials identify as white Christian.
Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of all Americans report they’ll be tuning in to watch Super Bowl XLVIII. Men are more likely to watch than women (79 percent v. 66 percent) to say they’ll watch, while roughly similar numbers of black Americans (76 percent) white Americans (72 percent) and Hispanic Americans (68 percent) report planning to tune in.
As the 2014 Super Bowl approaches, half of all sports fans see some aspect of the supernatural at play in sports, meaning they either pray to God to help their team, have thought their team was cursed at some point in time, or believe that God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events.
Americans have complicated feelings about the proper provision of health care in the country today. While Americans generally support in principle that the government should provide health insurance for its citizens, they’re less enthusiastic about the current government-initiated health care program, also known as Obamacare.
2013 was an eventful year for religion and politics news. Take a walk back through 2013 via this slideshow of the best of PRRI info graphics.
PRRI’s latest survey, conducted in partnership with Religion News Service, finds nearly half (49 percent) of Americans agree that stores and businesses should, out of respect for people of different faiths, greet their customers with “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings” instead of “merry Christmas.” Check out our Graphic of the Week, which breaks down patterns of support for the different greetings by age, political affiliation and religion!
The federal minimum wage, which was last increased in 2009 to its current $7.25 an hour, has been the subject of renewed interest on Capitol Hill and around the country.
Although immigration reform policy is complex and continues to evolve, the Senate bill that passed in June (S-744) includes three key features: a 13-year waiting period before immigrants may become full citizens, an estimated $4,000 in mandatory fines and fees to be paid over the course of the citizenship process, and a $46 billion investment in increased border security. While there is consensus around some provisions, on others, views differ sharply by political affiliation.