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2012 American Values Survey Release

Each year, PRRI’s American Values Survey provides a unique and comprehensive look at the values and beliefs motivating Americans as they engage in the political process. This year, the large national survey will provide new lenses for understanding religiously unaffiliated Americans and the 2012 Catholic vote.

This year marks the fourth American Values Survey, best known for its 2010 look at the overlap between the Tea Party and white evangelical Protestants. The 2012 survey will be discussed in detail at the Brookings Institution (1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW) at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 23. The panel discussion is open to media, and coverage is welcome. Photo, video and interview opportunities will be available.

At the PRRI/Brookings event, leading scholars will discuss what values are driving Americans in the 2012 election and what the candidates might be able to learn from the findings in the final days of the campaign. The scholars will also explore the survey’s findings on hot-button issues in this election cycle including religious liberty, taxes, and government entitlement programs.


Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO, Public Religion Research Institute

Dr. E.J. Dionne, Jr., Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

Dr. William A. Galston, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

Dr. John Sides, Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University; founder and contributor to “The Monkey Cage,” a political science blog

Dr. Melissa Deckman, PRRI Affiliated Scholar, Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs, Chair of the Political Science Department, Washington College

Dr. Michele Dillon, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire


Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – 1:30 p.m. EDT 


The Brookings Institution

1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20036