2012

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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2011

December 11, 2011
PRRI December 2011 Survey

The PRRI December 2011 Survey, explores public views of the Republican primary candidates: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann. The survey not only assesses basic favorability, but also looks at the degree to which respondents believe that candidates share their political views or religious beliefs. The survey requires self-identified Republicans to say, in their own words, the reasons they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the candidates.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,012 (712 landline; 300 cellphone)

Data Collected: December 7-11, 2011

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November 14, 2011
PRRI/RNS November 2011 Survey

The PRRI/RNS November 2011 Survey explores American attitudes about the Tea Party, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the role of government in society. The survey examines public concerns about the deficit and economic inequality, and gauges support for proposals to reduce the nation’s budget deficit, including increasing taxes on the wealthy, cutting social programs, and slashing military spending. The survey assesses to what extent Americans believe the gap between rich and poor has grown, whether the American Dream still holds true, and whether religious leaders have provided enough leadership on economic issues. Finally, the survey asks if the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements improve American society.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,002 (701 landline; 301 cellphone)

Data Collected: November 10-14, 2011

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October 23, 2011
PRRI October 2011 Survey

The PRRI October 2011 Survey assesses public views about the Republican primary candidates. In addition to measuring general favorability of the candidates, the survey also examines public knowledge about Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs and which candidate the public views as having religious and political views that are closest to their own.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,019 (725 landline; 294 cellphone)

Data Collected: October 19-23, 2011

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October 2, 2011
PRRI 2011 American Values Survey

The 2011 American Values Survey, is PRRI’s second annual multi-issue survey on religion, values, and public policy. The survey explores attitudes about economic opportunity, the role of government, impressions of the 2012 presidential candidates, and the degree of comfort Americans would have with various types of people serving as president, including an atheist, a Mormon and an evangelical Christian. The survey also includes measures about public policy questions, such as support for increasing the minimum wage, the impact of the 2010 health care law, and support for the elimination of collective bargaining rights for public employees.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,505 (903 landline; 602 cellphone)

Data Collected: September 22- October 2, 2011

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