Published Research

Survey | Economic Insecurity, Rising Inequality, and Doubts about the Future: Findings from the 2014 American Values Survey

[09.23.2014]

Most Americans have a decidedly negative self-evaluation of their financial situation. Roughly 4-in-10 Americans say they are currently in excellent (7%) or good (34%) shape financially, while a majority of the public report being in only fair (37%) or poor financial shape (20%). This assessment represents a notable drop from 2010, when half of Americans indicated they were in excellent (9%) or good (41%) shape financially.

American Values Atlas

[09.22.2014]

Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and SSRS are excited to announce the launch of the American Values Atlas (AVA), a powerful new online tool for understanding the complex demographic, political, and religious changes occurring in the United States today.

Analysis | Race and Americans’ Social Networks

[08.28.2014]

The degree of racial and ethnic diversity in Americans’ social networks varies significantly according to their particular race or ethnicity. Among white Americans, 91 percent of people comprising their social networks are also white, while five percent are identified as some other race.

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 and Public Policy

[03.21.2014]

American Catholics’ perspectives on a range of issues, including LGBT issues and abortion, 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 finds that since 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, support for allowing gay and lesbian people to marry legally has jumped 21 percentage points. A majority (53%) of Americans now support same-sex marriage, compared to less than one-third (32%) in 2003.