Religion and Politics News Surveys

Survey | Deep Divide Between Black and White Americans on Criminal Justice System’s Racial Equality; Persists from Rodney King to Freddie Gray


A new PRRI survey finds a 30-percentage point gap between black and white Americans’ perceptions of the fairness of the criminal justice system.

Survey | Roughly Three-Quarters of Americans Favor Goals of Obama’s Immigration Action


Seventy-three percent say that Republicans in Congress should prioritize comprehensive immigration reform legislation

Survey | Ahead of Super Bowl, Nearly Three-in-Ten Americans Support Lifetime Ban for Football Players Who Commit Domestic Violence


PRRI/RNS survey on religion and sports finds roughly three-quarters (73%) of Americans say they would support a sports team signing a gay or lesbian athlete.

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


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


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


Americans overwhelming reject the notion that small business owners should be allowed to refuse to provide services or goods to individuals because they are gay or lesbian, atheist, Jewish or black, even if doing so would violate the owners’ religious beliefs. Fewer than 1-in-5 Americans say that small business owners should be able to refuse services on religious grounds to individuals who happen to be gay or lesbian (16%), atheist (15%), Jewish (12%), or black (10%).

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


Just ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be played on February 2, 2014, a new survey finds that half of sports fans attribute some element of sports to the supernatural. These sports fans may pray to God to help their team, believe their team has been (or may be) cursed, or believe that God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events.

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


In the weeks before the 2013 holiday season, a PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey sheds light on the ongoing debate about the “war on Christmas,” where some Christians contend that secular American culture is stripping the holiday of its religious content. Nearly half (49%) of Americans believe that stores and business should greet their customers with “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas.” However, a sizable minority (43%) still prefer “Merry Christmas.”

Survey | Ahead of Independence Day: Most are Proud to be American, Republicans More Likely to Engage in Patriotic Activities


Just in time for 2013’s Fourth of July celebrations, a PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey finds that most Americans are likely to attend a celebration this year and engage in a variety of patriotic activities. Most of the public report they are very (31%) or extremely (51%) proud to be an American. Only about one-third (31%) of respondents say there has ever been a time when they were not proud to be American.

Survey | Americans Divided Between Principle and Practice on Affirmative Action, Divided on DOMA


Ahead of an upcoming Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action, PRRI’s May Religion & Politics Tracking survey finds Americans in favor of the principle behind affirmative action, with most expressing support for programs that make special efforts to help black and other minorities to get ahead to make up for past discrimination. However, substantially fewer Americans believe blacks and other minorities should receive preferences in college admissions to make up for past inequalities.