September, 2011

Survey | Climate Change and Evolution in the 2012 Elections


September PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey Evolution A majority (57%) of Americans believe that humans and other living things have evolved over time, compared to 38% who say that humans and other living things have existed in their present form since creation. More than 6-in-10 political independents (61%) and Democrats (64%) affirm a belief in evolution, compared to 45% of Republicans and 43% of Americans who identify with the Tea Party. […]

Survey | What it Means to be American: Attitudes towards Increasing Diversity in America Ten Years after 9/11


Executive Summary   Ten years after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Americans believe they are more safe but have less personal freedom and that the country is less respected in the world than it was prior to September 11, 2001. A small majority (53 percent) of Americans say that today the country is safer from terrorism than it was prior to the September 11th attacks. In contrast, nearly 8-in-10 say […]

Book Chapter | Faith and Race in American Political Life


Synopsis Two defining elements of American political life are race and religion. These do not work in isolation but, rather, are constantly in conversation with one another. Indeed, in U.S. history each category has effectively been employed to make meaning of the other, often recreating American politics in the process. Through the intersection of race and religion Americans define political and personal identities, cultural affiliations, and political and religious institutions—all […]