2016

September 27, 2016
PRRI 2016 American Values Survey

The PRRI 2016 American Values Survey is the seventh annual multi-issue survey of its kind. This year, the survey focuses on Americans’ attitudes toward the 2016 presidential election, the direction of the country, economic and immigration policies, and perceptions of cultural change. The survey includes questions that measure presidential candidate preference in 2016, confidence that vote counting will be accurate, and assessments of whether voter fraud or voter suppression is the bigger problem. This survey also includes an extensive battery of whether certain character traits, such as honesty and having the right background and experience, best describe either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

Sample: Nationally representative adults (18+) living in the United States
Total Respondents: 2,010 (1,720 online; 290 telephone)
Collected: September 1-27, 2016

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August 16, 2016
PRRI August 2016 Survey

The PRRI August 2016 Survey examines public attitudes toward so-called transgender “bathroom bills,” along with a number of additional LGBT issues including same-sex marriage, LGBT nondiscrimination laws, and religiously based service refusals to gay and lesbian people. The survey measures the extent to which Americans view the political parties and religious institutions as being friendly or unfriendly towards LGBT people and explores perceptions of discrimination against gay and lesbian people, transgender people, black Americans, and immigrants. It also includes questions about the 2016 presidential election.

Sample: Nationally representative adult (18+) living in the United States
Total Respondents: 2,014 (808 landline, 1,206 cell phone)
Collected: August 10-16, 2016

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August 9, 2016
PRRI/RNS August 2016 Survey

The PRRI/RNS August 2016 Survey explores why Americans are disaffiliating from religion. The survey includes an oversample of religiously unaffiliated Americans. It explores the reasons why unaffiliated Americans who were raised in a religion left, with questions about whether negative teachings about gay and lesbian people, the clergy sex abuse scandal, or bringing politics into church were important factors. The survey examines public attitudes toward organized religion, such as whether religion causes more problems than it solves and if children need to be brought up in religion to have good values. It also gauges whether unaffiliated Americans are currently looking to join a religious community. Finally, the survey measures belief about God, including the degree of doubt about God’s existence and perceptions of God as a personal or impersonal force.

Sample: Nationally representative adult (18+) living in the United States, including religiously unaffiliated oversample
Total Respondents: 2,201 (871 landline; 1,330 cell phone)
Collected: July 27-August 9, 2016

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May 2, 2016
PRRI/Brookings 2016 Immigration Survey

The PRRI/Brookings 2016 Immigration Survey investigates public views on immigrants and the immigration system, including concerns about the economic and cultural impact of immigrants coming to the U.S. today. It gauges support for various immigration policies, such as preventing Syrian refugees from entering the country and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the feasibility of deporting immigrants illegally living in the U.S. Additionally, the survey has an extensive array of questions about the 2016 presidential primaries, including Democratic and Republican primary candidate preference and favorability ratings of the political parties, former presidents, and current presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich.

Sample: Nationally representative adult (18+) living in the United States
Total respondents: 2,607 (2,146 online, 461 telephone)
Collected: April 4-May 2, 2016

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April 3, 2016
PRRI/The Atlantic April 2016 Survey

The PRRI/The Atlantic April 2016 Survey examines public attitudes about gender roles, perceptions of discrimination, and concerns about terrorism. The survey also explores attitudes about current public policy issues such as banning Muslims from coming to the U.S. and raising taxes. The survey measures views of Republican and Democratic political figures, such as Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders, and gauges support for authoritarian leadership.

Sample: Nationally representative adult (18+) living in the United States
Total Respondents: 2,033 (813 landline, 1,220 cell phone)
Collected: March 30-April 3, 2016

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January 24, 2016
PRRI January 2016 Survey

The PRRI January 2016 Survey explores public perceptions of likely 2016 presidential candidates. The survey measures favorability of political candidates Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.

Sample: Nationally representative adult (18+) living in the United States
Total Respondents: 1,009 (398 landline; 611 cell phone)
Collected: January 20-24, 2016

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PRRI/RNS January 2016 Survey

The PRRI/RNS January 2016 Survey explores the popularity of different sports in the U.S. and the likelihood that people will watch the Super Bowl. The survey also includes questions that measure whether Americans have a positive or negative view of professional football and whether they believe the game has become more dangerous for players. It investigates American participation in fantasy sports leagues and views about gambling on sports in general.

Sample: Nationally representative adult (18+) living in the United States
Total Respondents: 1,009 (398 landline; 611 cell phone)
Collected: January 20-24, 2016

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2015

December 6, 2015
PRRI/RNS December 2015 Survey

The PRRI/RNS December 2015 Survey explores public concerns about terrorism and mass shootings, along with attitudes towards American Muslims and Islam. The survey contains questions that assess public views about whether Islam is at odds with American values, whether American Muslims are an important part of the U.S. religious community, and if American Muslims have done enough to oppose extremism. The survey looks at how often the public has social contact with Muslims and the level of public knowledge about the religious beliefs and practices of Muslims. The survey also gauges concerns about terrorism, and whether Muslims or Christians who commit acts of violence in the name of their religion still qualify as members of their respective faith.

Sample: Nationally representative adult (18+) living in the United States

Total Respondents: 1,003 (503 landline; 500 cellphone)

Data Collected: December 2-6, 2015

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November 10, 2015
PRRI 2015 American Values Survey Supplement

This survey includes measures of candidate favorability and vote preference in the 2016 presidential primaries, along with attitudes on LGBT issues and immigration. The survey measures the favorability of the following Republican and Democratic candidates: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders.

 

Sample: Nationally representative adult (18+) living in the United States

Total Respondents: 1,010 (500 landline; 510 cellphone)

Data Collected: November 6-10, 2015

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October 4, 2015
PRRI 2015 American Values Survey

The PRRI 2015 American Values Survey is the sixth annual multi-issue survey of its kind. This year, the survey focuses on Americans’ attitudes about the 2016 presidential election and concerns about cultural, economic, and demographic change in the U.S. The survey includes questions that measure public confidence in various institutions, including the criminal justice system and organized religion, and the extent to which the federal government represents the interests of certain groups, such as women, Hispanics, Christians, and the middle class. This survey also includes an extensive battery about racial issues including whether blacks are more likely than whites to receive the death penalty when charged with a crime and whether the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism or southern pride. Finally, the survey gauges the degree to which certain activities—such as illegal immigration and government regulation and outsourcing—are responsible for the country’s economic problems.

 

Sample: Nationally representative adults (18+) living in the United States

Total Respondents: 2,695 (2,297 Internet; 398 telephone)

Data Collected: September 11 – October 4, 2015

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