Figuring Faith | The Values Behind Support For Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

A new survey from PRRI and the Brookings Institution shows that majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans favor allowing illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements. But what values are inspiring this unusual political unity on a controversial issue? … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | Sen. Portman and the “Friends and Family” Effect on Same-Sex Marriage

Late last week, GOP Sen. Rob Portman shocked commentators and fellow politicians by reversing his position on same-sex marriage, saying that his decision was inspired by his son, who is gay. In his latest for "Figuring Faith," Dr. Robert P. Jones shows that this "family and friends effect" is quite potent when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | What Do American Catholics Want From the New Pope?

Next month, the College of Cardinals will select a new pope. Their choice will help shape the trajectory of the Catholic Church, which has seen significant global demographic shifts over the past century, as well as tensions about the role of tradition and modern culture. In his latest column for Figuring Faith, his Washington Post blog, PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones tackles the difficult question of what American Catholics want from the new pope. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | The State of the Union: Divided

Just before President Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address to Congress, Dr. Robert P. Jones outlined the state of public opinion on the issues that Obama was likely to address in his speech. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | Why Pro-Life Catholics and Evangelicals Part Ways on Gun Control

Just before President Obama announces his new gun control policy proposals, including an assault weapons ban and better background checks for gun buyers, Dr. Robert P. Jones illuminates the religious divide on gun control in a column for "Figuring Faith." … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | After Divisive Election, Voters Support Balanced Approach to Budget Crisis

In this week's column for Figuring Faith, Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines why politicians should move past ideological logjams as they seek to find a solution to the impending fiscal cliff. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | How Values, Demographics, and the Economy Helped Shape the Election

The day after the 2012 election, Dr. Robert P. Jones examines the role that values, demographics, and the economy played in American voters' decision to elect President Barack Obama to a second term in office. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | What the Campaigns Should Know About the Religiously Unaffiliated

The religiously unaffiliated are a rapidly growing but often misunderstood group, as Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines in his latest column for "Figuring Faith," his blog at the Washington Post. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | Presidential Debate Challenge: Connecting With the Misunderstood White Working Class

At the first presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will both need to overcome two commonly held stereotypes if they want to successfully appeal to white working-class voters. In this week's article for "Figuring Faith," Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines this significant challenge. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | President Obama’s Faith Challenge at the Democratic Convention

Tonight, Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Party's presidential nomination for the second time. But as he moves into the home stretch of the campaign, he faces a significant challenge: many Americans are not aware of his religious faith. … [Read more...]


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