Protecting Transgender People from Discrimination

Despite the widespread support for anti-discrimination legislation for LGBT individuals, such legislation still faces considerable hurdles, at least at the federal level. … [Read more...]

A Year in the Life of Pope Francis I

Today marks one year since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. Here’s a look back at some of Pope Francis’s most memorable moments during his first year in the Vatican. … [Read more...]

New York Times’ Thomas Edsall Cites PRRI Data in Column about Democrats and White Working Class

Thomas Edsall's latest op-ed for The New York Times cites Public Religion Research Institute's September 2012 study, "Beyond Guns and God: Understanding the Complexities of the White Working Class in America," in an exploration of how Democrats can win back the votes of white working class Americans. … [Read more...]

PunditFact Rates Ralph Reed’s Comments about Millennials and Abortion “False,” Based on PRRI Data

Last Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, conservative activist and chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed said Millennials (Americans ages 18 to 33) are "more pro-life than Baby Boomers and older Americans." Political columnist Ron Fournier with National Journal quickly disagreed, arguing Millennials are equally pro-life as older Americans. After the broadcast, PunditFact endeavored to set the record straight and relies on PRRI data to do so. … [Read more...]

Gay marriage in Dixieland? PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones Unpacks the Possibility in The Atlantic

This morning, The Atlantic featured a piece by PRRI's CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones, The South's Stunning Embrace of Gay Marriage. Amid "the remarkable bevy of judicial decisions overturning bans on same-sex marriage in southern states such as Virginia, Kentucky, and Texas" recently, Jones points to PRRI's LGBT survey, A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues. … [Read more...]

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Video of PRRI’s Survey Release Event for A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, despite yet another snowy day in Washington DC, PRRI released its newest survey, A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues, at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Watch the video now to see PRRI’s CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones present the findings, followed by comments about the survey by panelists Dr. Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post and MSNBC, and Dr. Clyde W … [Read more...]

American Support for LGBT Employment Protections

The U.S. Senate's passage last year of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, brought national attention to the issue of job protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Interestingly, PRRI’s latest survey finds that even after the well-publicized vote, most Americans remain unaware that such employment protections don’t currently exist. … [Read more...]

Could the Catholic Church Support Same-sex Civil Unions?

Pope Francis has indicated that while the Catholic Church continues to oppose same-sex marriage, the Church may be able to support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. In America, the pontiff’s comments are likely to be welcomed by Catholics, as majorities of both white Catholics (58 percent) and Hispanic Catholics (56 percent) support legalizing same-sex marriage. … [Read more...]

The Link Between Anti-Gay Church Teachings and the Millennial Exodus

In his latest for Sacred Matters, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox examines the role negative church teachings about, or treatment of, gay and lesbian people is playing in the decisions by roughly one-quarter (24 percent) of American Millennials (ages 18 to 34) to leave their childhood religions and to identify today as unaffiliated. … [Read more...]

Dick Cheney, Rob Portman, and the Role Family Members and Friends of LGBT Americans Play in the Same-sex Marriage Debate

Increasingly, politicians on both sides of the aisle have come out in support of same-sex marriage in recent years. Most famously, in 2012 President Barack Obama told ABC News, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, both prominent Republicans, have notably defied their party’s stance on the issue to come out in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. For both, the issue is personal: Dick Cheney’s daughter is a lesbi … [Read more...]


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