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Millennial Values and Voter Engagement Survey, 2012 (2012)

The Millennial Values Election Survey was a follow-up panel study to the Millennial Values Survey (April 2012) and included 1,214 younger Millennials (ages 18-25) who were part of the first study and were re-contacted. The survey, conducted in late August and early September, included questions on voter engagement, parental influence on voting behavior, and support for affirmative action policies.

Race, Class, and Culture Survey 2012 (2012)

The Race, Class, and Culture Survey is a nationally-representative survey of 2,501 Americans with a focus on the role of race and class and its intersection with religion and politics, including extensive analysis of white working-class Americans. One important contribution of this project is the development of a parsimonious and replicable definition of white working class Americans. The survey highlights the significant divides among white working-class Americans along the lines of region, religion, gender, and age. Questions were asked about voting behavior, candidate favorability, the economy and inequality, view of government, perspectives on America, discrimination and diversity, and social issues (including same-sex marriage, abortion, and the environment).

Pre-Election American Values Survey, 2012 (2012)

The American Values Survey (AVS) is Public Religion Research Institute’s annual multi-issue survey on religion, values and public policy. The survey is conducted each fall, and on election years includes both a pre-election and post-election survey.

The 2012 Pre-Election Survey focused heavily on religious change in America and the 2012 presidential election. The survey included questions that measured current and childhood religious affiliation. Questions covered a variety of topics including attitudes toward political leaders, and views about abortion, same-sex marriage the contraception mandate and immigration.

Post-Election American Values Survey, 2012 (2012)

The American Values Survey (AVS) is Public Religion Research Institute’s annual multi-issue survey on religion, values and public policy. The survey is conducted in the fall each year and on election years includes both a pre-election component and post-election follow-up survey.

The 2012 Post-Election Survey consisted of interviews with 1,410 respondents who were part of the pre-election American Values Survey (October 2012). The survey focused on the 2012 presidential campaign, voting behavior, including early voting practices and gauged views of the candidates on a variety of metrics. The survey also included a battery of questions to assess opinions about government infrastructure spending, taxation and level of comfort with spending cuts.

Jewish Values Survey 2012 (2012)

The Jewish Values Survey examined the values, issues and political preferences of Jewish Americans. The survey included questions that explored views about religion and Jewish culture and traditions. The survey featured items to gauge views about foreign policy, Iran and Israel. The survey also covered voting behavior, economic inequality, immigration and social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

Millennial Values Survey, 2012 (2012)

The Millennial Values Survey was a joint project with Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. The survey was conducted among a random sample of college-age Millennials (ages 18-24) and included questions about political priorities, political candidates and the 2012 election. The survey also measured views about religious groups, and Christianity in particular, and covered other political topics ranging from economic inequality, the role of government and pluralism.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, September 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey investigated opinions about evolution and the causes of climate change. Questions assessed the degree to which respondents believe that humans evolved over time, think that a supreme being played a role in evolution, and agree that climate change was caused by human activity. The survey also examined the degree to which candidate views on these issues would affect voter preferences.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, July 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey investigated respondents’ knowledge about the religious beliefs and religious identity of the 2012 presidential candidates. Questions also gauged the extent to which respondents felt the political and religious beliefs of current and past elected officials were similar to or different from their own. The elected officials included Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and Michelle Bachmann.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, April 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, in partnership with Religion News Service, to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey examined attitudes about the compatibility of Christian values and capitalism. Questions measured respondents’ feelings about the willingness of businesses to act ethically, the extent to which the federal budget reflects the nation’s priorities, and the fairness of having wealthier Americans pay more taxes than the middle class or those less well off.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, January 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, in partnership with Religion News Service, to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey was conducted before President Barack Obama’s third State of the Union address and investigated public attitudes about the “moral state of the union.” Questions gauged views about the moral climate in the United States, the biggest obstacles facing political leaders who want to change the tone in Washington and whether anti-government rhetoric contributed to the targeting of a member of Congress.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, February 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, in partnership with Religion News Service, to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey focused on attitudes about American Muslims and support for extremism in the American Muslim community. Questions gauged the extent to which Americans had heard about congressional hearings into alleged extremism in the American Muslim community, views about the hearings and views about American Muslims, Shari’a law, and relations with law enforcement.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, March 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, in partnership with Religion News Service, to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey examines attitudes about the relationship between God and natural disasters. Questions gauged beliefs about whether God controls everything that happens in the world and is responsible for natural disasters. The survey also asked about the recent tsunami that struck Japan and gauged support for U.S.-sponsored disaster relief.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, June 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey explored public attitudes about personal misconduct among elected officials and the degree to which these offenses constitute significant moral problems. Questions evaluated respondents’ feelings toward several different types of misconduct including financial misconduct, such as cheating on income taxes or taking bribes, and sexual misconduct, such as cheating on a spouse.

PRRI Religion & Politics Tracking Poll, August 2011 (2011)

The Religion & Politics Tracking Poll was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey examined public attitudes toward gay and lesbian people and knowledge about and views of transgender people. Questions also explored the degree to which Americans’ opinions about gay and lesbian people differed from views about transgender individuals.

PRRI-RNS Religion News Survey, December 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/ Religion & Politics Tracking Poll was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey investigated public views of the Republican primary candidates. Questions not only assessed basic favorability but also the degree to which candidates shared respondents political views or religious beliefs. Questions also included open-ended responses among self-identified Republicans about why they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of several candidates.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, November 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey explored American attitudes about the economy and role of government. Questions examined respondents’ views on the deficit, economic inequality, and proposals to reduce the nation’s budget deficit. This survey also investigated attitudes about the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements.

PRRI/RNS Religion & Politics Tracking Poll, October 2011 (2011)

The PRRI Religion & Politics Tracking Poll was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey assessed public views about the Republican primary candidates. It also examined public knowledge about Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs and which candidate for the Republican presidential nomination had the religious and political views that were closest to those of the respondents.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, May 2011 (2011)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, in partnership with Religion News Service, to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey was conducted just days after Osama bin Laden’s death and investigated attitudes about the morality of celebrating the death of another human being. Questions also assessed respondents’ feelings toward the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, the role America plays in human history, and the use of torture on suspected terrorists to gain important information.

Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey: Arkansas Sample (2010)

The Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey addressed respondents’ views on immigration reform in America. The survey gauged views on the immigration system, levels of support for immigration reform policies, and perceptions of immigrants’ influence on the economy and the job market. Additional questions focused on attitudes toward both illegal and legal immigrants, the moral implications of immigration, and Congress’ ability to handle immigration reform during the economic downturn.

Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey: Ohio Sample (2010)

The Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey addressed respondents’ views on immigration reform in America. The survey gauged views on the immigration system, levels of support for immigration reform policies, and perceptions of immigrants’ influence on the economy and the job market. Additional questions focused on attitudes toward both illegal and legal immigrants, the moral implications of immigration, and Congress’ ability to handle immigration reform during the economic downturn.

Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey: National Sample (2010)

The Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey addressed respondents’ views on immigration reform in America. The survey gauged views on the immigration system, levels of support for immigration reform policies, and perceptions of immigrants’ influence on the economy and the job market. Additional questions focused on attitudes toward both illegal and legal immigrants, the moral implications of immigration, and Congress’ ability to handle immigration reform during the economic downturn.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, September 2010 (2010)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey investigated attitudes about Fox News television host Glenn Beck and his call for a religious revival in the country. Questions gauged public knowledge of Glenn Beck’s religious beliefs, opinions toward Glenn Beck, and whether respondents considered him the right person to lead a religious movement.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, October 2010 (2010)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey investigated public views about how America’s places of worship are handling the issue of homosexuality and the degree to which places of worship are influencing attitudes about gay and lesbian people. Questions evaluated the extent to which respondents’ believed messages about the issue of homosexuality coming from places of worship contributed to negative views about gay and lesbian people, higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth, and higher standards of morality among youth. The survey also included a measure on the moral evaluations of same-gender sexual relations.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, November 2010 (2010)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey investigated attitudes about the lack of civil discourse in America’s political system. Questions focused on respondents’ opinions about the tone of the 2010 election and the ability for political leaders, people in their local community, and people in their religious congregation to overcome differences in order to get things done. Questions also included whether respondents view the country as more divided over religion than in the past and more divided over politics than in the past.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, December 2010 (2010)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion and politics. This survey examined which holiday respondents’ would be celebrating in the month of December and what type of activities (i.e., lighting advent candles, singing Christmas carols, reading the Bible) they would engage in during the holidays. The survey also asked Americans how stores and businesses should greet customers during the holidays.

PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, August 2010 (2010)

The PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute to examine attitudes on breaking news and emerging issues at the intersection of religion, values and public life. This survey investigated attitudes about the proposed construction of an Islamic community center and mosque in lower Manhattan near ground zero. Questions gauged the extent to which respondents had followed the news about the proposed Islamic community center, support for its construction and whether they considered the site of the World Trade Center to be sacred ground.


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