2012

August 12, 2012
PRRI/RNS August 2012 Survey

The PRRI/RNS August 2012 Survey looks at Americans’ attitudes about gun control.  The survey includes questions that measure support for passing stricter gun control laws, for stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws, and for loosening current gun control laws. Other questions in the survey examine whether Americans think that gun control laws should be decided at the state or national level, whether the constitutional right to own a gun is as important as other constitutional rights, and whether carrying a concealed gun should be allowed in various places, such as churches, government buildings, and college campuses.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,006 (702 landline; 304 cellphone)

Data Collected: August 8-12, 2012

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July 29, 2012
PRRI July 2012 Survey

The PRRI July 2012 Survey focuses on social media and technology’s presence within religious institutions and how it may impact religious identity. The survey includes a battery of questions about whether Americans have ever performed a variety of activities, including following a religious leader on Twitter or Facebook, posting status updates on Facebook during worship services, joining a religious or spiritual group on Facebook, or downloading a podcast of a sermon.  The survey also includes an open-ended question that asks how Americans describe their religious beliefs on Facebook.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,026 (714 landline; 312 cellphone)

Data Collected: July 25-29, 2012

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June 24, 2012
PRRI June 2012 Survey

The PRRI June 2012 Survey gauges American attitudes on health care reform, immigration, same-sex marriage, and federalism. The survey probes the extent to which Americans favor the Supreme Court ruling to overturn the recent health care law, as well as attitudes on the legality of same-sex marriage and if illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children should be granted legal status. The survey also explores knowledge of President Barack Obama’s position on same-sex marriage.  Finally, the survey includes questions that examine whether various policies, such as immigration, health care reform, and same-sex marriage, should be decided at the state or federal level.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,022 (710 landline; 312 cellphone)

Data Collected: June 20-24, 2012

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June 23, 2012
PRRI 2012 African American & Hispanic Reproductive Issues Survey

This survey, which includes independent national samples of African Americans and Hispanic Americans, explores attitudes among both groups on reproductive health issues and abortion. The survey includes questions about whether abortion clinics are safe, whether at least some health care providers in respondents’ communities should provide legal abortions, and whether it should be possible for a woman to obtain a legal abortion in various circumstances. The survey also explores a broad range of reproductive health issues beyond abortion, including whether public schools should provide comprehensive sex education, whether testing for HIV should be made more available, and whether different types of employers, such as churches and publically-held corporations, should be required to provide health insurance plans that cover birth control.

 

Sample: Nationally representative, independent samples of African American and Hispanic adult (18+) living in the United States.

Total Respondents: Black Americans = 810 (Internet); Hispanic Americans = 813 (Internet)

Data Collected: June 14-23, 2012

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May 6, 2012
PRRI/RNS May 2012 Survey

The PRRI/RNS May 2012 Survey looks at presidential vote preferences, feelings toward the 2012 candidates President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and knowledge of their religious identities. The survey includes measures of favorability of both candidates and gauges the extent to which the public believes that sharing religious beliefs with a presidential candidate is personally important.  The survey also measures perceptions about how similar or different Americans believe Obama and Romney’s religious beliefs are from their own.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,006 (706 landline; 300 cellphone)

Data Collected: May 2-6, 2012

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March 20, 2012
PRRI/Georgetown 2012 Millennial Values & Voter Engagement Survey

This survey, which was conducted in collaboration with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University, explores the political, economic, and cultural attitudes of college-age millennials (age 18- 24). The survey includes questions that measure presidential candidate choice in the 2012 election, favorability of major presidential candidates, and feelings about the Obama presidency. The survey also assesses perceptions about Christianity, including whether various terms, such as “anti-gay,” “judgmental,” and “has good values and principles” describes present-day Christianity well. The survey also documents college-age millennials’ views about economic inequality, including whether or not the government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, and if the economic system in the country unfairly favors the wealthy. Finally, the survey includes a battery of questions about how millennials feel toward particular groups, such as atheists, Muslims, Mormons, Hispanics, and gay and lesbian people.

 

Sample: Nationally representative young adult (18-24) living in the United States

Total Respondents: 2,013 (Internet)

Data Collected: March 7-20, 2012

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March 11, 2012
PRRI/RNS March 2012 Survey

The PRRI/RNS March 2012 Survey explores attitudes about religious liberty, along with the types of employers that should be required to provide contraception coverage to employees. The survey introduces a new question battery that assesses to what extent different types of employers—such as large public corporations, small businesses, and churches—should be required to offer health insurance plans to employees that cover birth control. The survey also examines to what degree the public supports allowing religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse to place children with gay and lesbian parents. The survey includes questions about whether the separation of church and state is being threatened.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,007 (707 landline; 300 cellphone)

Data Collected: March 7-11, 2012

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March 5, 2012
PRRI 2012 Jewish Values Survey

The PRRI 2012 Jewish Values Survey, is a national survey of Jewish Americans that examines the religious beliefs, political preferences, and cultural perspectives of this community. The survey includes questions that explore views about religion and Jewish culture and traditions. It also covers issues relating to economic inequality, foreign policy, immigration, and social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

 

Sample: Self-identified Jewish adults (18+) living in the United States

Total respondents: 1,004 (Internet)

Data Collected: February 23-March 5, 2012

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February 5, 2012
PRRI February 2012 Survey

This survey measures American attitudes about Muslims and contraception and whether employers should be required to provide birth control coverage for their employees. The survey includes questions that measure opinion about whether Muslims want to establish Shariah law and whether Muslims are an important part of the U.S. religious community. Additional questions focus on the degree to which Americans believe teenagers age 14 or older should require parental approval for birth control and whether religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals, along with places of worship, should be required to provide employees with health care plans that cover contraception.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,009 (705 landline; 304 cellphone)

Data Collected: February 1-5, 2012

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January 29, 2012
PRRI/RNS January 2012 Survey

The PRRI/RNS January 2012 Survey looks at presidential vote preference and issue saliency leading up to the 2012 election. The survey includes a number of questions that ask self-identified Republicans to assess GOP candidates along a few different dimensions, including whether the candidate shares their religious values, is likely to bring change to Washington, and is qualified to be president. The survey also includes measures to assess general election vote preferences between President Barack Obama and the Republican contenders.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,005 (703 landline; 302 cellphone)

Data Collected: January 25-29, 2012

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