Poll Spot

Perceived Power of Major U.S. Societal Entities

Sponsor: Gallup
Released: 2011-04

Lobbyists, major corporations, banks, and the federal government all have too much power, according to Americans. By contrast, the public largely believes state and local governments, the legal system, organized religion, and the military each have the right amount of power or too little power. Labor unions elicit mixed responses, with the plurality saying they […]

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Religion and the Tea Party in the 2010 Elections

Sponsor: Public Religion Research Institute
Released: 2010-09

The survey confirmed several attributes of the Tea Party movement. Compared to the general population, they are more likely to be non-Hispanic white, are more supportive of small government, are overwhelmingly supportive of Sarah Palin, and report that Fox News is their most trusted source of news about politics and current events. But the survey […]

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America’s Places of Worship Handling of Homosexuality

Sponsor: Religion News Service/Public Religion Research Institute
Released: 2010-10

Regardless of their own religious views on the issue, few Americans believe that places of worship are doing a good job handling the issue of homosexuality. A plurality (43%) of Americans say the messages coming from places of worship are negative, and 4-in-10 Americans believe that these messages contribute “a lot” to negative perceptions of […]

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Post-Election American Values Survey

Sponsor: Brookings Institution/Public Religion Research Institute
Released: 2010-11

President Obama’s religion dilemma. A majority of Americans say that President Obama has religious beliefs that are somewhat different (16%) or very different (35%) than their own. Only 4-in-10 believe that Obama has similar religious beliefs to their own. Of those who say Obama’s religious beliefs are very similar to their own, 94 percent have […]

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Moral State of the Union

Sponsor: Religion News Service/Public Religion Research Institute
Released: 2011-01

Fewer than one quarter (22%) of Americans say they would give the current ‘moral state of the union’ a grade of an “A” or a “B.” Catholics are about as likely to rate the nation’s moral climate positively (“A” or “B”) as they are poorly (“D” or “F”) – 28% vs. 33%. However, a majority […]

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