May, 2011

Survey | Majority of Americans say they support same-sex marriage, adoption by gay and lesbian couples


A recent Religion and Politics Tracking Survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, is the third national poll in as many months to find majority support for same-sex marriage: a slim majority (51%) of Americans now favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, compared to 43% percent who are opposed. The results of the three polls are remarkably consistent even though the other two surveys were conducted by different […]

Survey | Six-in-ten say it is wrong to celebrate death of bin Laden


The May PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, in partnership with Religion News Service, just days after the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. Celebrating Osama bin Laden’s Death Six-in-ten (62%) Americans agree it is wrong to celebrate the death of another human being, no matter how bad that person was. There is strong agreement across party and religious lines. 60% of Americans believe the […]

Report | Doing Church and Doing Justice: A Portrait of Millennials at Middle Church


In the first half of 2010, we conducted in-depth ethnographic interviews with 25 young adults (age 18-29) who are active in work for social justice and have a connection to local religious communities. Given that this Millennial generation has a higher proportion of religiously unaffiliated members compared to other generations, we were particularly interested in understanding what was working for them about church; why they thought church wasn’t working for […]