Major Special Topics Surveys

Survey | Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 2012

[04.03.2012]

Executive Summary The Influence of Jewish Values and Political Activity. At least 8-in-10 American Jews say that pursuing justice (84%) and caring for the widow and the orphan (80%) are somewhat or very important values that inform their political beliefs and activity. More than 7-in-10 also say that tikkun olam, healing the world (72%), and welcoming the stranger (72%) are somewhat or very important values. A majority (55%) say that […]

Survey | What it Means to be American: Attitudes towards Increasing Diversity in America Ten Years after 9/11

[09.06.2011]

Executive Summary   Ten years after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Americans believe they are more safe but have less personal freedom and that the country is less respected in the world than it was prior to September 11, 2001. A small majority (53 percent) of Americans say that today the country is safer from terrorism than it was prior to the September 11th attacks. In contrast, nearly 8-in-10 say […]

Survey | Generations at Odds: The Millennial Generation and the Future of Gay and Lesbian Rights

[08.29.2011]

Executive Summary There is at least a 20-point generation gap between Millennials (age 18 to 29) and seniors (age 65 and older) on every public policy measure in the survey concerning rights for gay and lesbian people. More than 6-in-10 (62%) Millennials favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, 69% favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children, 71% favor civil unions, and 79% favor employment discrimination protections […]

Survey | Committed to Availability, Conflicted about Morality: What the Millennial Generation Tells Us about the Future of the Abortion Debate and the Culture Wars

[06.09.2011]

A solid majority of Americans say abortion should be legal in all (19%) or most (37%) cases, compared to 4-in-10 who say it should be illegal in all (14%) or most (26%) cases. With the exception of white evangelical Protestants, majorities of all major religious groups say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. A majority of Americans across the political spectrum say it is more socially acceptable […]

Report | Doing Church and Doing Justice: A Portrait of Millennials at Middle Church

[05.09.2011]

In the first half of 2010, we conducted in-depth ethnographic interviews with 25 young adults (age 18-29) who are active in work for social justice and have a connection to local religious communities. Given that this Millennial generation has a higher proportion of religiously unaffiliated members compared to other generations, we were particularly interested in understanding what was working for them about church; why they thought church wasn’t working for […]

Report | Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues: A Comprehensive Portrait from Recent Research

[03.22.2011]

Catholics are more supportive of legal recognitions of same-sex relationships than members of any other Christian tradition and Americans overall. Nearly three-quarters of Catholics favor either allowing gay and lesbian people to marry (43%) or allowing them to form civil unions (31%). Only 22% of Catholics say there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship. When same-sex marriage is defined explicitly as a civil marriage, support is […]

Report | 20 Years of Polling on Gay & Lesbian Issues from Pew

[08.20.2010]

With Same-Sex Marriage Debate at Full Boil, New PRRI Report Evaluates Shifts in Attitudes on Homosexuality In the wake of the recent federal court ruling on same-sex marriage, a new report released today by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) contains new analysis and assessment of more than two decades of polling on attitudes about lesbian and gay people and issues. The PRRI report reviews the entire history of polling on […]

Survey | Religion, Proposition 8, and Same-Sex Marriage in California

[07.21.2010]

Only One-in-Five Californians Say Proposition 8 ‘Good Thing’, Majority Now Support Same-Sex Marriage As the state of California awaits U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s decision on whether Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution, a new survey released today by Public Religion Research Institute examines the role religion plays in structuring attitudes toward same-sex marriage and a range of other issues related to rights for gay and lesbian […]

Survey | Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform: A Look at the States

[04.15.2010]

New Poll, Focus Groups: Strong Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Ohio, Arkansas Across Religious Lines   State Poll Results Residents of Ohio and Arkansas are more likely than Americans nationwide to report being in fair or poor shape economically and to have a negative view of the contributions of immigrants. Ohio and Arkansas residents are also more likely than the general public to believe illegal immigrants take jobs that […]

Survey | Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform

[03.23.2010]

A new national survey by Public Religion Research Institute finds broad support across religious groups for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform and strong approval for clergy speaking out on the issue. It also shows that Americans in different religious traditions share to a remarkable extent strong support for a set of values that should guide approaches to immigration reform. Among the top findings: Perceptions of the Immigration System Nearly half […]