Poll Spot

Religion, Proposition 8, and Same-Sex Marriage in California

Sponsor: Religion Public Religion and Research Institute
Released: 2010-07

As the state of California awaits U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s decision on whether Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution, a new survey released today by Public Religion Research Institute examines the role religion plays in structuring attitudes toward same-sex marriage and a range of other issues related to rights for gay […]

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Life in 2050: Amazing Science, Familiar Threats

Sponsor: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Smithsonian Magazine
Released: 2010-06

These are among the findings of a new survey of attitudes and expectations about the future, conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and Smithsonian magazine in conjunction with the magazine’s 40th anniversary. War, Terrorism, and Global Trends As expected, predictions about whether Jesus Christ will return to earth in […]

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Beyond the God Gap: A New Roadmap for Reaching Religious Americans on Public Policy Issues

Sponsor: Public Religion Research Institute, Third Way
Released: 2010-06

Based on extensive research and analysis of religious groups’ theology and culture, the report highlights several important patterns in the shifting religious landscape. The report offers surprising and fresh insights into the beliefs and values underlying attitudes toward politics and cultural and domestic policy issues among white evangelical Protestants, white Mainline Protestants, African American Protestants, […]

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Current Views on Abortion

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2010-06

The Barna study of 1,001 adults explored Americans’ views on abortion by asking if they believe “abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases.” Given this set of four options, the nation’s population leans toward retaining legal status for abortion: 49% prefer keeping […]

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A Comparative Portrait of Conservative and Progressive Religious Activists in the 2008 Election and Beyond

Sponsor: Public Religion Research Institute
Released: 2009-09

Conservative and progressive religious activists are deeply religious, but have strikingly different religious profiles. In terms of religious affiliation, conservative activists are almost exclusively Christian, whereas progressive activists are more diverse. Among conservative activists, 54% identify as evangelical Protestant, 35% as Roman Catholic, and 9% with Mainline Protestantism. Among progressive activists, 44% identify as Mainline […]

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