Published Research

Survey | Nearly 7-in-10 Americans See Unaccompanied Children at Border as Refugees, Not Illegal Immigrants

[07.29.2014]

New PRRI survey examines American attitudes on the immigration unaccompanied minors from Central America, including the causes of the immigration, as well as attitudes on the policy solutions.

Survey | Continued Majority Support for Employer Contraception Mandate, Opposition to Allowing Small Businesses to Refuse Services on Religious Grounds

[06.11.2014]

With the exception of churches and other places of worship, most Americans believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception at no cost. However, Americans draw distinctions based on the type and size of the employer. Opinions about the types of employers that should be required to provide health insurance that includes contraception coverage are largely unchanged from 2012.

Survey | What Americans Want From Immigration Reform in 2014

[06.10.2014]

At present, 62% 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 17% support allowing them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, and roughly 1-in-5 (19%) favor a policy that would identify and deport all immigrants living in the United States illegally.

Fact Sheet | Gay and Lesbian Issues

[06.08.2014]

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

Study | “I Know What You Did Last Sunday” Finds Americans Significantly Inflate Religious Participation

[05.17.2014]

A new PRRI study, “I Know What You Did Last Sunday: Measuring Social Desirability Bias in Self-Reported Religious Behavior, Belief, and Belonging,” shows that every subgroup of Americans measured over-reports their levels of religious participation, with young adults, Catholics and white mainline Protestants particularly likely to inflate the frequency of their attendance at religious services.

Fact Sheet | American Catholics

[03.21.2014]

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

[02.26.2014]

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

[01.31.2014]

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

[01.16.2014]

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”

[12.17.2013]

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.