Among White Americans, Limits to Empathy for Poverty-Related Issues Run Along Class Lines

A survey released today by PRRI finds that white Americans’ support for policies to address poverty is limited in different ways by education level—by perceived social distance to racial minorities among non-college-educated whites and by lower commitments to equal opportunity among college-educated whites. The survey was conducted by PRRI, a […] Read more »

Most Americans Oppose Restricting Rights for LGBT People

A majority (53%) of Americans oppose allowing businesses that provide wedding services, such as catering, flowers, and wedding cakes, to refuse services to same-sex couples, compared to about four in ten (41%) who say they would support allowing these wedding-based businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples for religious reasons. […] Read more »

Trump Says Jump. His Supporters Ask, How High?

… Michael Barber and Jeremy C. Pope, political scientists at Brigham Young University, reported in their recent paper “Does Party Trump Ideology? Disentangling Party and Ideology in America,” that many Republican voters are: malleable to the point of innocence, and self-reported expressions of ideological fealty are quickly abandoned for policies […] Read more »

AJC 2017 Survey of American Jewish Opinion on U.S., Global Issues

AJC’s Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion indicates widespread dissatisfaction with President Trump’s performance in office, and a significant rise in American Jewish fears of rising anti-Semitism. … Just 21% of the sample has a favorable opinion of the job President Trump has been doing, while 77% has an unfavorable […] Read more »

Americans Are Poorly Informed About Basic Constitutional Provisions

Many Americans are poorly informed about basic constitutional provisions, according to a new national survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. The annual Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey finds that: More than half of Americans (53 percent) incorrectly think it is accurate to say that immigrants who are here illegally […] Read more »

On Moral Issues, Not All Protestants Are Created Equal

U.S. Protestants’ views on moral issues such as abortion, gay and lesbian relations, and premarital sex differ sharply, depending on their denominational affiliation. Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists and Lutherans — the “mainline” denominations — are distinctly more liberal on a number of moral issues than are Baptists, Pentecostals and those identifying […] Read more »

‘Trumpism’ and Fear of ‘Others’ Revealed as National Patterns in Baylor Religion Survey

“Trumpism” — a new form of nationalism that merges pro-Christian rhetoric with anti-Islam, anti-feminist, anti-globalist and anti-government attitudes — and a fear of “others” emerged as prominent patterns among Americans in the latest findings of the Baylor Religion Survey. … The research is Wave 5 of the Baylor Religion Survey, […] Read more »

Bannon’s comments on immigrants line up with the views of many white Catholics

… Former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon thinks the Catholic Church’s leadership is on the wrong side of the immigration battle. They have been “unable to really, to come to grips with the problems in the church. They need illegal aliens. They need illegal aliens to fill the […] Read more »

Fading white evangelicals have made a desperate end-of-life bargain with Trump

One of the biggest mysteries of Donald Trump’s presidency has been white evangelicals’ steadfast and enthusiastic support for him. … The key to understanding the puzzling white evangelical/Trump alliance is grasping the large-scale changes — most prominently the declining numbers of white Christians in the country — that have transformed […] Read more »