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In The Atlantic | Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge with Them

[10.17.2014]

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.

In The Atlantic | Is Support for Gay Marriage Dropping?

[10.02.2014]

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.

On Brookings’ FixGov | Six Days After Ferguson: America’s Racial Disconnect in One Chart

[09.30.2014]

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.

In The Atlantic | Why It’s Hard for White People to Get Ferguson by Robert P. Jones

[08.21.2014]

Today, The Atlantic’s most popular article is a feature by PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones, which explores one important reason why whites perceive the issue of race in America so differently than blacks. According to Jones, many whites have difficulty understanding the problems faced by black Americans which led to the unrest in Ferguson Mo. simply because whites are socially isolated from African Americans and their experiences. Most whites are surrounded predominantly—if not exclusively—by other white friends and family.

In The Atlantic | Crossing Party Lines at the Border by Robert P. Jones

[08.01.2014]

CEO Robert P. Jones has penned an article for The Atlantic giving further insight into the data. According to Jones, Americans’ perspective about the situation at the border, and how best to address it, is one of “compassionate pragmatism.”

In Huffington Post | On Immigration, the Tea Party Remains an Important Outlier

[06.12.2014]

In a new piece at the Huffington Post, Dan Cox explores the divide among Republicans aligned with the Tea Party and those who are not on both immigration policy, as well as attitudes about immigrants, and how this distinction could help explain Eric Cantor’s primary defeat.

In The Atlantic | How the Politics of Nostalgia Sank Eric Cantor

[06.12.2014]

Check out Robert P. Jones’s latest article for The Atlantic, “How the Politics of Nostalgia Sank Eric Cantor.” In the piece, Dr. Jones explores the reasons for Eric Cantor’s unexpected loss to his Tea Party competitor. One reason examined is Cantor’s support for immigration reform and how immigration often serves as the vehicle for conservatives expressing their fear of the “changing cultural, religious, and ethnic identity of the United States” and what those changes could mean for the Republican Party.

In The Atlantic | Unspoken Racial Tensions in the U.S.

[05.12.2014]

Robert P. Jones’s latest article for The Atlantic is now posted on the publication’s home page. In the piece, “The Racial Tensions Lurking Under the Surface of American Society,” Dr. Jones shares how “social desirability bias” affects polling results when Americans are asked about sensitive issues like race. Jones unveils the strategies the PRRI research team employed in the field to deactivate this bias, yielding results that show the anxieties white Americans feel toward the changing racial composition of the country.

In The Atlantic | Pope Francis’s Challenge to the Evangelical-Catholic Coalition

[04.17.2014]

Click here to read The Atlantic article by Dr. Jones about how white evangelical Protestants are more aligned with official Roman Catholic Church positions than Catholics and how the Pope’s call for economic justice may effect this political match made in heaven.

In The Atlantic | Gay marriage in Dixieland? PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones Unpacks the Possibility

[03.10.2014]

This morning, The Atlantic featured a piece by PRRI’s CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones, The South’s Stunning Embrace of Gay Marriage. Amid “the remarkable bevy of judicial decisions overturning bans on same-sex marriage in southern states such as Virginia, Kentucky, and Texas” recently, Jones points to PRRI’s LGBT survey, A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues.