2013

June 16, 2013
PRRI/Brookings 2013 Economic Values Survey

The PRRI/Brookings 2013 Economic Values Survey provides an in-depth look at American attitudes about the the economic system, the role of government, and economic mobility. The survey includes extensive questions about Americans’ beliefs about the proper role of government, including whether it is the government’s responsibility to take care of people who can’t take care of themselves, whether the government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and poor, and how much it helps “people like you.” The survey also measures public views about capitalism, including perceptions of how well it is working and whether it is consistent with Christian values.  The survey also gauges public perceptions about economic mobility, including whether Americans believe their generation is better or worse off than previous generations and whether hard work and determination guarantee success.

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

Total Respondents: 2,002 (1,202 landline; 800 cellphone)

Data Collected: May 30 – June 16, 2013

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June 9, 2013
PRRI/RNS June 2013 Survey

The PRRI/RNS June 2013 Survey explores public attitudes about American exceptionalism and feelings of patriotism ahead of the July 4th holiday. The survey includes questions to gauge how proud Americans feel about being American and their frequency of engaging in patriotic activities, such as flying the national flag, singing the national anthem, and making a special effort to buy products that are made in America. The survey also measures the extent to which the public believes America has always been a force for good in the world, and if God has granted America a special role in human history. The survey also includes an open-ended question about an event that occurred in their lifetime that made them proud to be American.

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

Total Respondents: 1,007 (605 landline; 402 cellphone)

Data Collected: June 5-9, 2013

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May 19, 2013
PRRI May 2013 Survey

The PRRI May 2013 Survey focuses on the issue of affirmative action, views about the Supreme Court, and policy preferences on gay and lesbian issues. The survey assesses the extent to which Americans favor programs to help blacks and other minorities get ahead as a way of making up for past discrimination, and whether blacks and other minorities should receive preference in college admissions to make up for past inequalities. The survey also examines whether Americans believe that their race has hurt or helped them in the college admissions process, as well as in their job or career. Finally, survey questions explore the degree to which the Supreme Court should consider public opinion when deciding cases, and to what extent Americans perceive the Supreme Court justices to be influenced by their religious beliefs or political views when making decisions.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,000 (600 landline; 400 cellphone)

Data Collected: May 15-19, 2013

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April 21, 2013
PRRI/RNS April 2013 Survey

This survey tackles the issue of marijuana legalization and drug use. The survey looks at whether or not Americans favor marijuana legalization and medical marijuana. The survey also examines the ethics of marijuana usage and includes questions about whether the use of marijuana is morally acceptable, sinful, prohibited by the Bible, or a sign of the moral decline of America. The survey also looks at the frequency of marijuana usage and to what extent Americans believe new laws legalizing the drug are a sign of the country’s moral decline.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,000 (600 landline; 400 cellphone)

Data Collected: April 17-21, 2013

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April 14, 2013
PRRI/Brookings April 2013 Survey

This report is based on the PRRI/Brookings April 2013 Survey, which gauges Americans’ attitudes on a path to citizenship and immigrants. Questions include a survey experiment that measures Americans’ support for a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The experiment poses the question three different ways: without mentioning any requirements for immigrants; specifying that immigrants must meet “certain requirements”; and listing specific “requirements like paying back taxes, learning English and passing a background check” for illegal immigrants to be eligible to become U.S. citizens.

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

Total Respondents: 2,018 (1,234 landline; 784 cellphone)

Data Collected: April 5-14, 2013

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March 10, 2013
PRRI March 2013 Survey

The PRRI March 2013 Survey focuses on American attitudes about federal recognition of same-sex marriage and changing views on same-sex marriage in general. In addition to measuring support for same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples, the survey looks at whether the federal government should be required to recognize gay and lesbian marriages performed in states where they are legal, whether the issue should be decided at the state or federal level, and if Americans’ views on same-sex marriage have changed in the last five years. They survey also examines to how certain Americans are that their position on the issue is the right one. Finally, the survey includes questions about the sinfulness of sex between two adults of the same gender, whether sexual orientation can be changed, and support for ordaining women, and gay and lesbian people.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,028 (613 landline; 415 cellphone)

Data Collected: March 6-10, 2013

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February 24, 2013
PRRI/Brookings 2013 Religion, Values & Immigration Reform Survey

The PRRI/Brookings 2013 Religion, Values & Immigration Survey looks at attitudes about immigrants, the current immigration system, and specific immigration reform policies. The survey looks at several dimensions in perceptions of immigrants, including their economic impact and cultural influence, as well as the extent to which they are changing local communities and the country. The survey examines the extent to which the public believes different types of immigrants—such as those who can speak English fluently or who have a spouse currently living in the U.S. legally—should be given preference in the immigration process. The survey also gauges perceptions of the flow of illegal immigration, which political party is viewed as better equipped to handle the issue of immigration, and whether the Republican Party’s position has helped or hurt it in recent elections.

 

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

Total Respondents: 4,465 (2,691 landline; 1,774 cellphone)

Data Collected: January 28 – February 24, 2013

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February 10, 2013
PRRI/RNS February 2013 Survey

The PRRI/RNS February 2013 Survey gauges whether or not Americans plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day and what activities are most common for those celebrating the holiday, including going out to dinner, having sex, and going to bed early. The survey also examines the amount of money Americans estimate they will spend on the holiday and the extent to which different religious beliefs, different political beliefs, and an unsatisfying sex life are problems for those in a relationship.

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

Total Respondents: 1,021 (610 landline; 411 cellphone)

Data Collected: February 6-10, 2013

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January 20, 2013
PRRI January 2013 Survey

The January 2013 Survey focuses on two separate topics: rates of gun ownership and attitudes about gun control, and attitudes about sports and the Super Bowl. The survey includes questions that measure support for passing stricter gun control laws, for stricter enforcement of gun control laws, and for loosening current gun control laws. The survey looks at impressions of the National Rifle Association (NRA), self-identification as pro-life and pro-choice, and what method would be most effective in reducing mass shootings. Additionally, the survey delves into American views about sports, probing views about whether Americans are more likely to go to church or watch football on any given Sunday, whether they are a fan of a particular sports team, and the importance of sports fandom. The survey also explores attitudes about the role God plays in sports, including whether that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success and to what extent God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event.

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

Total Respondents: 1,033 (618 landline; 415 cellphone)

Data Collected: January 16-20, 2013

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2012

December 9, 2012
PRRI/RNS December 2012 Survey

The PRRI/RNS December 2012 Survey explores public attitudes about climate change, extreme weather, and the “end of the world.” The survey probes to what extent Americans believe there is solid evidence that earth’s average temperature is rising, and whether the U.S. government should do more to address the issue. The survey also examines views about environmental stewardship and dominionism, and examines whether Americans believe earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters are signs from God, if God is in control of everything that happens in the world, and if God punishes entire nations. Additionally, the survey assesses whether Americans think the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence of biblical “end times,” and whether they think that the end of the world, as predicted by the Book of Revelations, will happen in their lifetimes.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,018 (707 landline; 311 cellphone)

Data Collected: December 5-9, 2012

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