Published Research

Fact Sheet | American Catholics


American Catholics’ perspectives on a range of issues, as well as their opinions about church priorities and tradition.

Survey | A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues


A major new national survey of more than 4,500 Americans finds that support for allowing gay and lesbian people to legally wed has jumped 21 percentage points over the last decade, from 32 percent in 2003 to 53 percent in 2013, transforming the American religious landscape in the process.

Book Chapter | A World of Atheism: Global Demographics


The essay describes the demography of the nonbelieving population around the world, estimated to be roughly seven percent of the world’s population, or between 450 and 500 million people. The authors find the typical global nonbeliever is young, male, and educated, and most likely lives in northern Europe, Japan, or communist or formerly communist nations.

Survey | Half of American Fans See Supernatural Forces at Play in Sports


Just ahead of the 2014 Super Bowl, half of 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.

Survey | Americans Shift Preference for “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas”


Nearly half (49%) of Americans agree stores and businesses should greet their customers with “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings” instead of “merry Christmas” out of respect for people of different faiths. However, a substantial minority (43%) disagree. Support for saying “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings” is up slightly since December 2010, when 44% preferred that businesses use less religious greetings.

Survey | What Americans (Still) Want From Immigration Reform


Throughout 2013, there has been consistent bipartisan and cross-religious support for creating a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States. Today, 63% of Americans favor providing a way for immigrants who are currently living in the United States illegally to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, while 14% support allowing them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, and roughly 1-in-5 (18%) favor a policy that would identify and deport all immigrants living in the United States illegally. This support for a path to citizenship has remained unchanged from earlier this year, when in both March and August 2013 an identical number (63%) supported a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally.

Fact Sheet | Gay and Lesbian Issues


All the information you need about public opinion on gay marriage, DOMA, gay adoption, ENDA, and more.

Survey | 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America


Despite conventional wisdom linking the Tea Party movement with the libertarian arm of the Republican Party, a majority of libertarians (61 percent) say they do not consider themselves a part of the Tea Party movement. Libertarians, who comprise seven percent of the public, also hold positions on many important economic and social issues that are distinct from the Tea Party and Republicans overall.

Survey | 2013 Hispanic Values Survey: How Shifting Religious Identities and Experiences are Influencing Hispanic Approaches to Politics


Hispanics are three times more likely to identify as affiliated with the Democratic Party than with the Republican Party. Half of Hispanics identify with the Democratic Party (50%), compared to 15% who identify with the Republican Party. Roughly 1-in-4 (24%) Hispanics say they are politically independent.

Presentation | Threats and Values: Factors Influencing Support for a Path to Citizenship


This year, PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones and Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera presented PRRI’s research which explores how immigrants are impacting American religion and society at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference. The presentation, titled “Threats and Values: Factors Influencing Support for a Path to Citizenship” explains the roles of religion and values in shaping public opinion about immigrants and immigration reform.