Will Shorter Lines Boost Voter Turnout at the Polls?

The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration has released a report encouraging jurisdictions across the country to cut down on long lines at polls on Election Day by expanding early voting, increasing online voter registration, and checking voter registration lists against those provided by other states. … [Read more...]

Who’s Watching the Super Bowl?

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of all Americans report they’ll be tuning in to watch Super Bowl XLVIII. Men are more likely to watch than women (79 percent v. 66 percent) to say they'll watch, while roughly similar numbers of black Americans (76 percent) white Americans (72 percent) and Hispanic Americans (68 percent) report planning to tune in. … [Read more...]

What Will the Next Generation of Anti-Abortion Advocates Look Like? Different.

Thousands of people from across the country gathered in Washington today for the annual March for Life, the world’s largest pro-life rally that in 2014 marks 41 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision to lift restrictions on abortion. Public opinion on abortion has remained relatively stable during the past several years. In 2013, PRRI found Americans who believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases are outnumbered by those who say it should be legal, 42 percent … [Read more...]

Does God Reward Faithful Athletes?

Coinciding with the Seattle Seahawks’ NFC Championship win on Sunday, a Duracell commercial featuring fullback Derrick Coleman, who is deaf, and his unlikely rise to become a pro-football player has gone viral. Coleman said during an interview with FOX Sports following the commercial's release, "I always say that God blessed me." According to PRRI’s January Religion & Politics Tracking Survey, 48 percent of Americans agree that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and … [Read more...]

Will You Tune In? Expected Viewership of the Super Bowl, World Cup and Winter Olympics

When it comes to watching sports, football remains the undisputed favorite among Americans. Roughly four times as many Americans report football is their favorite sport to watch (39 percent) as say the same about basketball (10 percent), baseball (9 percent), soccer (7 percent), or ice hockey (7 percent). So it comes as no surprise that more than 7-in-10 (72 percent) of Americans say they’re likely to watch the Super Bowl, including a slim majority (51 percent) who say they’re very likely to … [Read more...]

Do Sports Rituals Work?

PRRI’s latest poll, which examines whether people believe the supernatural is at play in sports, finds that roughly 1-in-5 (21 percent) sports fans say they perform some ritual before or while watching their favorite team. Roughly two-thirds (66 percent) of rituals center around wearing team jerseys or clothing with the team’s color, while nearly one-quarter (24 percent) involve some type of activity, such as dancing in a circle, sitting in the same seat, or giving a pep talk to the … [Read more...]

A Supernatural Super Bowl?

As the 2014 Super Bowl approaches, half of all sports fans see some aspect of the supernatural at play in sports, meaning they either pray to God to help their team, have thought their team was cursed at some point in time, or believe that God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events. … [Read more...]

Can Reality TV Lower the Teen Birthrate?

According to a new economic study, shows like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and its spin-off, “Teen Mom” may have prevented more than 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010 alone. … [Read more...]

Different Motivations Lead to Bipartisan Support to End Mandatory Sentencing

Twenty-five years after Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, which set mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for drug offenders, an unlikely alliance of Tea Party Republicans and liberal Democrats has formed to propose legislation reversing the policy. … [Read more...]

Health Care: Principle vs. Practice in Health Insurance Coverage

Americans have complicated feelings about the proper provision of health care in the country today. While Americans generally support in principle that the government should provide health insurance for its citizens, they’re less enthusiastic about the current government-initiated health care program, also known as Obamacare. … [Read more...]


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