Published Research

Survey | 7-in-10 Americans Support Goals of Obama’s Immigration Action, but are Divided over Use of Executive Action

[12.04.2014]

Approximately 7-in-10 Americans support the goals of President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, but are sharply divided about the means he used to achieve them.

Survey | Believers, Sympathizers, and Skeptics: Why Americans are Conflicted about Climate Change, Environmental Policy, and Science

[11.21.2014]

Findings from the PRRI/AAR Religion, Values, and Climate Change Survey The Importance of and Concerns about Climate Change   Americans rank climate change last on a list of important issues. Only five percent of Americans say climate change is the most important issue facing the U.S. today. The issue of climate change ranks behind the lack of jobs (22%), the increasing gap between rich and poor (18%), health care (17%), the […]

PRRI Fact Sheet: Race, the Criminal Justice System, and Police

[11.14.2014]

Race and the Criminal Justice System A slim majority (51 percent) of Americans do not believe that blacks and other minorities receive treatment equal to whites in the criminal justice system, while 46 percent believe that they do. Current opinions about race in the criminal justice system represent a modest downward shift from August 2014, when, in the 2014 Pre-election American Values Survey, a majority (56 percent) of Americans said […]

Survey | 2014 Post-Election American Values Survey, “What Motivated Voters During the Midterm Elections?”

[11.11.2014]

Voter Preferences and Outcome of the Midterm Election: The 2014 Vote Early Voting More Americans voted early in 2014 than in 2010. In 2010, 30% of midterm voters said they voted early, while 70% cast their ballot on Election Day. This year, 35% of Americans say they voted early, while 65% report voting on Election Day. Non-white Americans and residents of the South and West were more likely to vote early […]

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.