Monthly Religion News Surveys

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


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


Just in time for the Fourth of July, a new survey shows that most Americans are proud to be an American, but they give a wide range of reasons explaining why.

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


A new survey shows that a slim majority of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. There is also strong support for laws that would protect gay and lesbian people from job discrimination.

Survey | General Public, Christian Young Adults Divided on Marijuana Legalization


The April PRRI/RNS Survey finds that Americans and young adult Christians are divided on whether marijuana use should be legal.

Survey | Republicans and Evangelicals Support a Path to Citizenship With Basic Requirements for Immigrants Living in Country Illegally


An innovative new survey using a controlled experiment, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with The Brookings Institution, clarifies the impact of wording differences in recent public polling on immigration reform.

Survey | Half of Americans Favor Federal Recognition of Same-sex Marriage


Shortly before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments relating to cases on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, PRRI’s March 2013 Religion and Politics Tracking Survey sheds light on Americans’ attitudes toward the role of government and same-sex marriage.

Survey | Strong Gender Divisions in How Americans Plan to Spend Valentine’s Day


More than 6-in-10 Americans report that they are very or somewhat likely to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But men are much more likely than women to predict that they will go out to dinner or have sex on Valentine’s Day.

Survey | Nearly 3-in-10 Americans Say God Plays a Role in Outcomes of Sports Events


Less than a week before Super Bowl XLVII, Americans are less likely to believe that God plays a role in the outcome of sporting events than they are to believe God rewards religious athletes.