Before the 1960s, mainline Protestants represented the majority of American Christians.[1] Since then, the rise of evangelicalism and the decline in religious adherence more broadly has led to a decre…
Thirty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress, it was intended to provide legal guidanc…
Beginning in 2022, PRRI’s American Values Survey noted an increase in public support for policies requiring transgender people to use bathrooms based on their birth sex. It was the only issue that b…
Thirty-seven years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).  Although it is most often remembered for providing amnesty and legal status to an estim…
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Race & Ethnicity
Discrimination Against “Voodoo” and Santería
To the best of our knowledge, this was the first time a survey included questions about public perceptions of Vodou/Voodoo and another African diaspora religion: Santeria. The survey results suggest w…
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Law & Criminal Justice
Public Perceptions on Race, Religion, and Public Safety
The results yielded important data on American and Muslim attitudes toward policing and supported previous findings about ongoing discrimination against Muslims in the United States. It also provided…
To view a PDF of findings presented October 25, 2023, click here: 2023 American Values Survey.  To view the webinar via YouTube, click here: What do Americans think about the health of our democracy…
In commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place September 15-October 15, this Spotlight Analysis explores the political and religious make up of Hispanic Americans. In recent e…
Last week, Pope Francis opened a global Synod in Rome titled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission.” In preparation for this ecclesiastical event, various Catholic dioceses have…
The majority of all Americans (61%) believe that climate change is caused mostly by human activity such as burning fossil fuels, according to a national survey from the Public Religion Research Instit…
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