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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September 18, 2011
PRRI/RNS September 2011 Survey

The PRRI/RNS September 2011 Survey explores public attitudes about evolution and the causes of climate change. This survey examines the degree to which Americans believe that humans evolved over time, that a supreme being played a role in evolution, and that climate change was caused by human activity. The survey probes whether Americans believe there is a scientific consensus about climate change and the extent to which a candidate’s position on these issues would affect their vote. The survey also includes a measure to gauge public knowledge about the term “transgender,” by requiring Americans to define it in their own words.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,013 (712 landline; 301 cellphone)

Data Collected: September 14-18, 2011

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August 14, 2011
PRRI August 2011 Survey

The PRRI August 2011 Survey focuses on attitudes about gay, lesbian, and transgender people. The survey asks Americans about their opinion of same-sex marriage, support for expanding federal hate crimes laws to include protections for gender identity and sexual orientation, familiarity with the term “transgender,” and support for workplace nondiscrimination policies. The survey also investigates how many Americans have a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian, or transgender.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,006

Data Collected: August 11-14, 2011

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PRRI 2011 Pluralism, Immigration and Civic Integration Survey

The PRRI 2011 Pluralism, Immigration and Civic Integration Survey, is a major study conducted in partnership with The Brookings Institution. The survey focuses on attitudes towards immigrants, immigration reform, American Muslims, concerns about terrorism, and the extent to which Americans interact with religious and ethnic minorities. One battery of questions included in the survey explores how comfortable Americans would be with Muslim men praying at an airport, a mosque being built near their home, and Muslim women wearing the hijab. Additionally, the survey explores opinion about the role of religion in society, the importance of maintaining a strict separation of church and state, and whether all religious books are deserving of respect.

 

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

Total Respondents: 2,450 (1,646 landline; 804 cellphone)

Data Collected: August 1- 14, 2011

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July 30, 2011
PRRI 2011 Millennials, Religion & Gay and Lesbian Issues Survey

The PRRI 2011 Millennials, Religion & Gay and Lesbian Issues Survey is a major study that examines attitudes about same-sex marriage, personal morality, and comfort with gay and lesbian people. The survey includes questions that gauge support for same-sex marriage, civil unions, and adoption by gay and lesbian couples. The survey explores to what degree the public believes various social changes—more churches allowing gay people to become clergy, fewer people attending religious services, more gay and lesbian people “coming out,” for example—is a good or bad thing for society. The survey also examines to what extent Americans would be comfortable with a gay or lesbian person serving in various roles—as an elected official, doctor, elementary school teacher, etc. Finally, the survey probes American views on whether sexual orientation can be changed, and to what extent Americans are hearing about the issue of homosexuality in church.

 

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

Total Respondents: 3,000 (2,000 landline; 1,000 cellphone)

Data Collected: July 14-30, 2011

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July 17, 2011
PRRI/RNS July 2011 Survey

This survey investigates Americans’ knowledge about the religious beliefs and religious identity of the 2012 presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. The survey also includes questions that gauge the degree to which respondents feel the political and religious beliefs of current and past elected officials are similar to or different from their own.

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

Total Respondents: 1,012

Data Collected: July 14-17, 2011

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June 19, 2011
PRRI/RNS June 2011 Survey

The PRRI/RNS June 2011 Survey explores public attitudes about personal misconduct among elected officials and the degree to which these offenses constitute significant moral problems. Questions evaluate public feelings about several different types of misconduct including financial misconduct, such as cheating on income taxes or taking bribes, and sexual misconduct, such as cheating on a spouse. The survey also gauges public opinion about whether elected officials should be held to higher moral standards and if public officials’ moral behavior is better or worse than it has been in the past.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,006

Data Collected: June 16-19, 2011

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