Mainline Protestants

Was Coca-Cola Right? America’s Growing Religious Diversity

[02.06.2014]

“It’s Beautiful,” a Coca-Cola advertisement shown during the Super Bowl, encapsulates American ethnic and religious diversity and has prompted a diversity of responses on social media. A recent PRRI survey shows the growing religious differences between seniors, America’s oldest adults, and Millenials, America’s youngest adults are dramatic. More than 7-in-10 (71 percent) seniors identify as some type of white Christian. In contrast, less than 3-in-10 (28 percent) of Millennials identify as white Christian.

Event: In Search of Libertarians in America

[10.25.2013]

2013 American Values Survey Release Event at the Brookings Institution on October 29th.

The Rise of Religiously Unaffiliated Hispanics

[10.17.2013]

Hispanics, like Americans overall, are switching their religious affiliation. In the Hispanic community, a majority grow up Catholic, but there is a growth of Hispanic evangelical Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated.

Majority Says GOP is Principled But Out of Touch

[02.27.2013]

A new poll reveals that 62% of the public says the GOP is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme. Opinions about the Democratic Party are more mixed.

Don’t Write Off Mainline Protestants

[02.26.2013]

In an interview with Duke University’s “Faith & Leadership,” I spoke about trends in religious research that will become increasingly important, including growing numbers of interreligious families and the rise of the religiously unaffiliated.

CNN Interview: Gun Issue Divides Religious Community

[01.14.2013]

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden met with faith leaders to discuss strategies for reducing gun violence. However, as Dr. Robert P. Jones points out in a segment for CNN, there are religious groups on both sides of this issue. While majorities of Catholics and the religiously unaffiliated favor stricter gun control laws, majorities of white mainline and white evangelical Protestants are opposed.

Was the “Mormon Moment” More of a Blip?

[12.20.2012]

A new Pew survey reveals that despite Mitt Romney’s lengthy run for office and his much-publicized Mormon faith, 82% of Americans say they learned little to nothing about Mormonism during the 2012 campaign.

Young Adults Take Advantage of Obamacare

[09.12.2012]

A new study shows that many young adults are taking advantage of Obamacare. Back in June, when it was still unclear how the Supreme Court would rule on the Affordable Care Act, less than one-quarter of Millennials (age 18-29) favored the Supreme Court overturning the health care reform law.

Attitudes About Obama’s Religious Beliefs

[09.06.2012]

After nearly four years in office, 16% of voters still (incorrectly) believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Churches Face Challenges in Upgrading to Religion 2.0

[08.06.2012]

Although a few churches are using social media to connect with their congregants quite effectively, most places of worship have sparse online offerings and few Americans report using technology or social media for religious purposes.