Monthly Religion News Surveys

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 | 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 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.

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


In 2012, Colorado and Washington State passed ballot initiative legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Do Americans believe marijuana should be legal? The April PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey finds that Americans are divided over the issue, although younger Americans are substantially more likely to favor legalizing the drug.

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


An innovative new survey conducted by PRRI and the Brookings Institution finds that using a controlled experiment clarifies the impact of wording differences in recent public polling on immigration reform. Americans are substantially more likely to favor a citizenship option for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally if the question stipulates that they must meet certain requirements.

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 finds that half of Americans favor requiring the federal government to recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples that were performed in states where same-sex marriage is legal. The survey also examines views about the ordination of gay and lesbian people, the morality of gay and lesbian relationships, and whether or not a gay or lesbian person’s sexual orientation can be changed.