2011

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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May 8, 2011
PRRI 2011 Religion, Millennials and Abortion Survey

The PRRI 2011 Religion, Millennials and Abortion Survey, is an in-depth study measuring attitudes about sexual morality, abortion and reproductive health. The survey includes a battery of questions that gauge under what conditions Americans will or will not support allowing a woman to get an abortion—for instance, if the woman became pregnant as the result of rape, or if she is still in high school. The survey explores attitudes about gender roles in society and views on the morality a variety of personal behaviors, such as getting divorced and having an abortion. The survey also explores the extent to which Americans identify as “pro-life,” “pro-choice,” or whether they accept or reject both labels.

 

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

Total Respondents: 3,000 (2,250 landline; 750 cellphone)

Data Collected: April 22 – May 8, 2011

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PRRI/RNS May 2011 Survey

The PRRI/RNS May 2011 Survey, which was conducted a few days after Osama bin Laden’s death, investigates attitudes about American exceptionalism and the morality of celebrating the death of another human being. The survey includes questions to assess public feelings about the capture and killing of bin Laden, the role America plays in human history, and the use of torture on suspected terrorists to gain important information. The survey probes whether the public believes that God had a hand in the helping the U.S. find and kill bin Laden. The survey also includes questions that measure support for same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex parents.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,007

Data Collected: May 5-8, 2011

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April 17, 2011
PRRI/RNS April 2011 Survey

This survey examines attitudes about the economy and the fairness of the economic system. The survey measures views about who or what is most responsible for the current economic situation, the likelihood that unregulated businesses would act ethically, and whether it is fair for wealthy Americans to pay more taxes than the middle class. The survey measures to what extent the public believes that capitalism and Christian values are compatible, and how often religious leaders talk about various economic issues like the gap between the rich and poor.

 

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

Total Respondents: 1,010

Data Collected: April 14-17, 2011

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March 20, 2011
PRRI/RNS March 2011 Survey

The PRRI/RNS March 2011 survey examines public opinion about the role God plays in the world, including natural disasters. The survey probes to what extent Americans believe natural disasters are signs from God, whether natural disasters are evidence of “end times” or global warming, and whether God punishes entire nations for the sins of its citizens. The survey explores conceptions of God and gauges public support for U.S.-sponsored disaster relief for Japan in the wake of the 2011 tsunami.

 

Survey: PRRI/RNS March 2011 Survey

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

Total Respondents: 1,008

Data Collected: March 17-20, 2011

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