Major Special Topics Surveys

Survey | Beyond Guns and God: Understanding the Complexities of the White Working Class in America


Less than two months before the 2012 presidential election, a new national survey conducted by PRRI upends commonly held-beliefs about white working-class Americans. Rather than casting this important demographic group as a monolithic bloc, the report reveals significant divides among white working-class Americans along the lines of region, religion, gender, and age

Survey | Religion, Values, and Experiences: Black and Hispanic American Attitudes on Abortion and Reproductive Issues


A new survey conducted by PRRI finds that when it comes to abortion, Hispanic Americans’ views about morality and legality are closely linked. Among black Americans, however, beliefs about the morality of abortion are less likely to influence perspectives on abortion’s legality. Both black and Hispanic Americans who have a close friend or family member who has had an abortion are more likely to believe that abortion should be legal and view abortion clinics as safe.

Survey | A Generation in Transition: Religion, Values, and Politics among College-Age Millennials


2012 Millennial Values Survey Conducted jointly by Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, a new national survey of college-age Millennials (Americans ages 18-24) provides an in-depth portrait of younger Millennials on faith, values, and the 2012 election. College-age Millennials (age 18-24) are considerably more racially and ethnically diverse than the general population. Fewer than 6-in-10 (57%) Millennials self-identify as white, compared […]

Survey | Chosen for What? Jewish Values in 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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]