Justice Department Extends Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

Earlier this week, the Justice Department extended more federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, with Attorney General Eric Holder instructing his employees “to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible.” Gay and lesbian couples who have legally wed, including those currently living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, can expect a host of new benefits. … [Read more...]

Is the NFL Ready for a Gay Athlete?

Michael Sam, a defensive end from the University of Missouri and The Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said during an interview Sunday that he is gay. Sam, projected to be an early pick in the May NFL draft, could become the league's first openly gay active player in history. Although a full two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans agree gay and lesbian relationships should be accepted by society, one still has to wonder: is the macho culture of the NFL ready to embrace a gay … [Read more...]

Is Soccer Destined to Become America’s National Pastime?

PRRI's Research Director Daniel Cox explores the possibility that soccer could replace football and baseball to become America's national pastime in his latest for Huffington Post Sports. His piece follows news that British soccer star David Beckham has purchased a U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team in Miami, contributing to the league's rapid growth and increasing popularity in America. But will the momentum continue? … [Read more...]

Are Politicians Missing the Mark on Immigration Reform?

Following the release of a set of principals to guide immigration reform by GOP leaders last week, President Obama indicated Friday that he'd be open to a bipartisan approach that might not include a new path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants currently living in the United States illegally, though the president reiterated that he did not support any plan that would create “two categories of people in this country—folks who are full-fledged citizens and folks who are not.” Jus … [Read more...]

What Are Younger Americans Doing on Facebook?

As Facebook marks its 10th anniversary tomorrow, founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says the company is looking forward to another decade of “helping connect the rest of the world.” The site has already done a pretty thorough job of connecting facebook logoAmericans, with 45 percent reporting in 2012 that they used Facebook at least a few times a week. Still, does the site provide much more than a place to post pictures of your friends, pets or kids? … [Read more...]

Atheist Group Launches Ad Aimed at Americans who See Supernatural at Play in Sports

The organization American Atheists has placed a billboard ad across from MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, NJ, where Super Bowl XLVIII will take place this Sunday between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Aimed at sports fans who see the supernatural at play on the field, the ad claims, “A ‘Hail Mary’ only works in football.” David Silverman, president of American Atheists, said the ad was at least in part a reaction to PRRI’s recent survey that found half of Americans reporting a belief … [Read more...]

How American Presidents Pass the God and Country Test

Would you be surprised to learn that “God bless America” isn’t a standard closing for official speeches by U.S. presidents? In fact, the phrase wasn’t publicly used by a president until 1973 when Richard Nixon appealed to the American public in the face of the escalating Watergate scandal, according to the new book profiled by Huffington Post, The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America. … [Read more...]

Join PRRI at #PRRI at 9:00pm ET tonight as we live-tweet during President Obama’s State of the Union address

For more up-to-the-minute data about the issues and policies the President plans to discuss, join PRRI tonight at 9:00pm ET at #PRRI as we live-tweet the State of the Union address. In the meantime, do you believe the American Dream still holds true? Let us know in the comments. … [Read more...]

FoxNews.com Interviews CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones on the Supernatural and the Super Bowl

PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones sat down with FoxNews.com's Lauren Green yesterday to discuss PRRI's latest report, which examines Americans' opinions on whether supernatural forces are at play in sports. … [Read more...]

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...]


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