‘The Embodiment of White Christian Nationalism in a Tailored Suit’

‘The Embodiment of White Christian Nationalism in a Tailored Suit’

At The New York Times, Thomas B. Edsall uses data from PRRI’s American Values Atlas and Christian Nationalism survey to explain the rise of Speaker Mike Johnson (R-TN), who Robert P. Jones, president and founder of PRRI, describes as “a near textbook example of white Christian nationalism.” While Johnson’s past work covers a range of conservative social and political issues, he has also endorsed the central tenet of Christian nationalism: that God intended America to be a new promised land for European Christians. When PRRI measured support for Christian nationalism last year, only 10% of Americans were classified as Christian nationalism adherents, agreeing with statements such as “U.S. laws should be based on Christian values” and “Being Christian is an important part of being truly American.” Republicans, however, are twice as likely to be Christian nationalism adherents (21%).


Most Republicans Support Border Barriers Even if They Injure or Kill Someone

Russell Contreras at Axios reports that as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is locked in a legal battle with the Biden administration to keep razor wires and buoy barriers with blades in place along the U.S.-Mexico border, PRRI research finds widespread support among Republicans for such deterrents. About 77% of Republicans favor these practices even if they endanger or kill some people, compared with 44% of independents and 15% of Democrats. The Houston Chronicle reported that at least one body has been found caught in the buoy barriers, and tensions surrounding immigration have been heightened in recent months as GOP presidential candidates have used increasingly harsh anti-immigranrhetoric.


Ron DeSantis’s Problem Is Not That Donald Trump Is Famous

Philip Bump for The Washington Post analyzes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s claim that former President Donald Trump is leading in the polls because “he is the most famous person running,” but that Trump’s support among Republican primary voters is soft. Looking at name recognition, Bump points to a poll conducted by YouGov which found that 99% of Republicans know who Trump is, but nearly every Republican also knows who DeSantis is. The argument that Republicans’ support for Trump might be soft, however, could be true. In the 2023 American Values Survey conducted by PRRI, over half of Trump supporters said there was theoretically something he could do to cause them to drop their support.


I’ve Picked Up Plenty of Bibles, Mike Johnson. I Didn’t See Your Hate Anywhere.

In an opinion piece for MSNBC, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons writes about newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson’s stark anti-gay position and the extreme and colorful language he has used to defend his position. Johnson has said same-sex marriage will lead to the acceptance of pedophilia and marrying animals, proposed a federal “don’t say gay” bill, and voiced strong support for criminalizing gay sex. These positions are out of step with the American public; PRRI finds that 80% of Americans favor laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing.


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