How Do Top Earners Feel About Being Taxed More Heavily?


How do top earners feel about being taxed more heavily? More than 6-in-10 Americans who make more than $100,000 a year agree that the government should raise taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year.

Did the Auto Bailout Decide the Election?


At the Washington Post, Georgetown professor Dan Hopkins argues that the auto bailout didn’t decide the election. Roughly 6-in-10 voters nationally (59%), in Ohio (59%), and in battleground states (61%), agree that the government should have acted to help the American auto industry.

Former President George W. Bush Speaks Out on Immigration


In a rare public statement, former president George W. Bush called for an immigration debate shaped by “benevolent spirit.”

After Divisive Election, Voters Support Balanced Approach to Budget Crisis


In this week’s column for Figuring Faith, Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines why politicians should move past ideological logjams as they seek to find a solution to the impending fiscal cliff.

Gay Rights Activists Look for New Faith Outreach


After successes with several state ballot initiatives, gay rights activists are looking for new kinds of faith outreach. As our research shows, religious Americans are on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate.

The (Continued) Politics of Racial Resentment


Affiliated Scholar Paul A. Djupe explores data which sheds light on the level of racial resentment toward Obama among white Americans.

Could Dorothy Day Become a Catholic Saint?


Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a Roman Catholic leader known for his conservative convictions, is championing Dorothy Day for sainthood. Day was a 20th-century social activist who founded the Catholic Worker movement and was known for her pacifism and work with the poor. Given that 6-in-10 Catholics agree that in its statements about public policy, the Catholic Church should focus more on social justice and the obligation to help the poor, rather than abortion and the right to life, Day’s canonization could be popular among American Catholics.

Americans’ Perspectives on the Budget and Economic Issues


If you haven’t already, take a look at our exciting new post-election American Values Survey. We delve deeper into some of the key issues from the election, while looking forward to the issues at the heart of the debate over the fiscal cliff.

The GOP’s Marriage Problem


In the aftermath of Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack Obama, analysts have noted that the Republican nominee lost in large measure due to changing American demographics—particularly the rise of the Latino vote, non-white Christians, and the religiously unaffiliated. But another demographic trend also threatens to hurt Republican chances in the future: the decline of marriage.

The Election By the Numbers


Just before the 2012 election, Dr. Robert P. Jones was interviewed by Religion & Politics’ Tiffany Stanley, who asked several important questions about what Dr. Jones will be looking for in the post-election data.