The 2011 American Values Survey Launch

How Religion and Values Shape American Attitudes about Economic Inequality, the GOP Primary Field, and the Obama Presidency

One year out from the 2012 presidential election, Public Religion Research Institute released the findings of the 2011 American Values Survey, a major new public opinion survey that provides a window into what Americans think about the state of the economy, the GOP primary field, and the Obama presidency. Public Religion Research Institute CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones presented the survey results, followed by a conversation with Jose Casanova and Melissa Deckman moderated by Thomas Banchoff.
This major survey, along with PRRI’s panel of experts, explores the consequences of the misgivings some key groups have toward Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, and examines the roots of unfavorable evaluations of the Obama presidency. The survey also provides new findings on attitudes about economic inequality and equal opportunity, values that animate the swell of public protests in the Occupy Wall Street movement and resonate with Americans generally, but do not strike a chord with the Tea Party movement. The American Values Survey, which is conducted by PRRI each fall, is a large, nationally representative public opinion survey of American attitudes on important issues at the intersection of religion, values, and politics.

This event was sponsored by the Public Religion Research Institute and hosted by the Berkley Center.

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