Fact Sheet | Gay and Lesbian Issues


All the information you need about public opinion on gay marriage, DOMA, gay adoption, ENDA, and more.

Fact Sheet | American Catholics


American Catholics’ perspectives on a range of issues, as well as their opinions about church priorities and tradition.

Fact Sheet | Jewish Americans


  What You Need to Know: The American Jewish Community Identity, Politics and Religion   I. HOLIDAYS AND SYNAGOGUES Importance of Jewish Holidays. When asked about the most important Jewish holiday to them personally, a plurality (43%) of Jews named Yom Kippur, followed by Passover (25%), Hanukkah (10%), and Rosh Hashanah (10%). There are significant generational differences in opinion about the most important holidays. Younger Jewish Americans are less likely than older Jewish Americans […]

Fact Sheet | Public Opinion on Economic Inequality


What You Need to Know: Public Opinion on Economic Inequality I.  Economic Policy Issues There is broad public support for addressing economic inequality through policies aimed at both the top and bottom of the economic spectrum: increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour, and increasing the tax rate on Americans earning more than $250,000 a year. The Minimum Wage: Overall, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Americans favor increasing the […]

Fact Sheet | Illegal Immigration, Immigrants, and the Immigration System


What You Need to Know I.  THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM Fewer than 4-in-10 Americans believe the current immigration system is generally working (7 percent) or working but with some major problems (29 percent). On the other hand, more than 6-in-10 believe the immigration system is broken but working in some areas (40 percent) or is completely broken (23 percent). Republicans (73 percent) are more likely than independents (62 percent) and Democrats […]

Fact Sheet | Catholics and New Battle Lines over Religious Liberty


What You Need to Know I. Catholics overall (55 percent) and a plurality of Americans (50 percent) DO NOT believe that the right to religious liberty is being threatened in America today. But white Catholics are MORE DIVIDED. A majority of Catholics overall (55 percent) do not believe the right of religious liberty is being threatened in America today, compared to 44 percent who say it is being threatened. Americans […]

Fact Sheet | “Teavangelicals”: Alignments and Tensions between the Tea Party and White Evangelical Protestants


What You Need to Know I.  THE TEA PARTY AND EVANGELICALS. There is a large constituency overlap between the Tea Party and white evangelical Protestants. Overlapping Identities: Nearly half (47 percent) of Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement also identify as a part of the religious right or Christian conservative movement. [PRRI, November 2010]. Fully three-quarters (75 percent) of those who identify with the Tea Party movement describe […]

Fact Sheet | American Attitudes on Muslims


What You Need to Know   I. LIMITED SOCIAL INTERACTION WITH MUSLIMS Few Americans report having regular interactions with Muslims. Three-in-ten Americans say they interact daily (6 percent) or occasionally (24 percent) with a Muslim. More than two-thirds (68 percent) report that they seldom or never interact with a Muslim. Millennials are significantly more likely than seniors to report speaking at least occasionally with someone who is Muslim (34 percent […]

Fact Sheet | Attitudes about Mormons and Implications for Mitt Romney’s Candidacy in 2012


What You Need to Know I. AMERICANS, RELIGION AND PRESIDENTS Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of the public say it is very or somewhat important for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs. Majorities of every religious group and both political parties agree. [PRRI, September 2011] II. KNOWLEDGE OF AND INTERACTIONS WITH MORMONS Interactions with Mormons: Only about 3-in-10 (29 percent) Americans say they speak with Mormons at least occasionally, […]