RNS Blog

Mixing and Matching: Who Practices Multiple Religions?

[04.04.2014]

A recent survey conducted by PRRI found that sixteen percent of Americans currently say they follow the teachings or practices of more than one religion.

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.

Protecting Transgender People from Discrimination

[03.17.2014]

Despite the widespread support for anti-discrimination legislation for LGBT individuals, such legislation still faces considerable hurdles, at least at the federal level.

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.

New York Times’ Thomas Edsall Cites PRRI Data in Column about Democrats and White Working Class

[03.12.2014]

Thomas Edsall’s latest op-ed for The New York Times cites Public Religion Research Institute’s September 2012 study, “Beyond Guns and God: Understanding the Complexities of the White Working Class in America,” in an exploration of how Democrats can win back the votes of white working class Americans.

PunditFact Rates Ralph Reed’s Comments about Millennials and Abortion “False,” Based on PRRI Data

[03.11.2014]

Last Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, conservative activist and chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed said Millennials (Americans ages 18 to 33) are “more pro-life than Baby Boomers and older Americans.” Political columnist Ron Fournier with National Journal quickly disagreed, arguing Millennials are equally pro-life as older Americans. After the broadcast, PunditFact endeavored to set the record straight and relies on PRRI data to do so.

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.

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

[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.

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Video of PRRI’s Survey Release Event for A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues

[03.07.2014]

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, despite yet another snowy day in Washington DC, PRRI released its newest survey, A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues, at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Watch the video now to see PRRI’s CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones present the findings, followed by comments about the survey by panelists Dr. Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post and MSNBC, and Dr. Clyde Wilcox of Georgetown University. The event concludes with a stimulating audience Q&A. To read the complete survey, click here.

American Support for LGBT Employment Protections

[03.06.2014]

The U.S. Senate’s passage last year of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, brought national attention to the issue of job protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Interestingly, PRRI’s latest survey finds that even after the well-publicized vote, most Americans remain unaware that such employment protections don’t currently exist.