Mainline Protestants

Morning Buzz | Schisms Over Same-sex Marriage in Mennonite Church

[03.19.2015]

In today’s buzz, Presbyterian Church recognizes gay marriage, NYT covers importance of Catholicism in Jeb Bush’s life, and we get ready for a survey release.

PRRI Speaks with Mark A. Smith About “Culture Wars,” Same-sex Marriage, and the AVA

[03.19.2015]

Mark A. Smith is professor of Political Science and an adjunct professor of Comparative Religion and Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on economic and religious groups, ideas, and influences in American politics. In his new book, Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics, Dr. Smith argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is and is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them.

The Three Religious Traditions That Dominate the U.S.

[03.04.2015]

With America’s religious landscape becoming increasingly diverse, we tap into data from the American Values Atlas to see the top three religions in each state.

Churches They Are a Changin': Americans’ Attitudes Toward Same-sex Marriage Are Transforming the Face of Congregations

[09.12.2014]

A new study released by Duke University finds that churches are increasingly welcoming gay and lesbian couples in committed relationships to their congregations. These findings underscore PRRI data that indicate religious groups have seen an astonishing shift in perspectives on same-sex marriage in the past decade.

PRRI in The Economist | Same-sex Marriage Poses Existential Problem for American Religions

[07.23.2014]

PRRI is back in the news, this time appearing in a story in The Economist, which questions whether the shift in support for same-sex marriage in the U.S. poses an existential problem for religious denominations that currently oppose it.

The Morning Buzz | Presbyterian Church Approves Same-sex Marriage

[06.20.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers the Presbyterian Church’s vote to allow same-sex marriage, skulls studied in Spain yield new discoveries about human evolution, Americans’ support of euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, how urban areas lose out when states refuse to expand Obamacare-funded Medicaid, Pastor demands transparency from Border Patrol, Brian Schweitzer insults Eric Cantor and Dianne Feinstein.

Steady Support for Immigration Reform

[06.10.2014]

What do Americans currently want from immigration reform? PRRI’s latest Graphic of the Week highlights consistent majority support for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

I Know What You Did Last Sunday

[05.22.2014]

The Graphic of the Week highlights data from PRRI’s newest study, “I Know What You Did Last Sunday: Measuring Social Desirability Bias in Self-Reported Religious Behavior, Belief, and Belonging,” which finds that Americans tend to exaggerate how often they attend religious services. By comparing survey modes, the study concludes that Americans are more likely to report higher levels of religious participation when polled by live interviewers on the telephone than they are when completing a self-administered online survey.

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.