Robert P. Jones

Dr. Robert P. Jones is the CEO of Public Religion Research Institute and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, values, and public life.

Stories by Robert P. Jones

13 Intriguing Religion and Politics Findings for 2013

From Catholicism to capitalism to marijuana use, here are 13 interesting facts about the American population in 2013.

Across Religious and Party Lines, Steady Support for Path to Citizenship

Immigration reform receives bipartisan and cross-religious support, remaining one issue that largely transcends divisions.

Most Republicans, evangelicals support ENDA

This Oct. 15, 2013, photo, shows a view of the U.S. Capitol building at dusk in Washington. With seven Republican … Continued

In search of libertarians in America

The Statue of Liberty is pictured on Liberty Island in New York, October 13, 2013. The rise of the Tea … Continued

Why GOP opposition to Obamacare will hurt Hispanic outreach

Voting signs sit outside the Licking County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting in Newark, Ohio … Continued

Is King’s dream still alive?

Martin Luther King Jr. seen during his “I Have a Dream” speech.AP The lead up to the 50 th anniversary … Continued

Can Religious Progressives Get Organized Enough to Do Anything?

The six challenges facing religious progressives, based on a recent survey.

Is religion’s fight against gay marriage over?

A same sex marriage advocate waves a rainbow flag at a protest in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP ) Yesterday, … Continued

Does it take a woman to mother?

FIGURING FAITH | On Mother’s Day it seems appropriate to ask—are mothers more natural parents? This week’s graphic from the … Continued

Mark Sanford’s political redemption

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford and Argentinian fiancee Maria Belen Chapur celebrate his primary victory. (Associated Press) FIGURING FAITH … Continued

Will the Boston bombing change American attitudes about Muslims and immigration reform?

Sens. McCain and Graham want the Boston bombing suspect held as an enemy combatant. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) FIGURING FAITH | … Continued

The values behind support for path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

Political philosopher John Rawls famously argued that democratic deliberation should aspire not just to political deals based on expediency and … Continued

Sen. Portman and the ‘friends and family effect’ on same-sex marriage

As the U.S. Supreme Court is gearing up to hear oral arguments on two prominent cases related to same-sex marriage, … Continued

What do American Catholics want from the new pope?

Marcelo del Pozo REUTERS Men open their umbrellas as they leave from the archbishopric in the Andalusian capital of Seville … Continued

State of the Union: How we remain divided

JIM WATSON AFP/GETTY IMAGES The US Capitol stands lit ahead of US President Obama’s State of the Union address in … Continued

Why pro-life Catholics and evangelicals part ways on guns

George Frey BLOOMBERG A semi-automatic assault rifle made by Bushmaster Firearms International LLC, third from bottom, is displayed for sale … Continued

After divisive election, voters support balanced approach to budget crisis

The hotly contested and divisive 2012 election, which saw more negative advertising than any presidential electoral contest in American history, … Continued

How values, demographics and the economy helped shape the election

BLOOMBERG President Obama makes an acceptance speach during an election night rally in Chicago on Nov. 6, 2012. At the … Continued

What the campaigns should know about the religiously unaffiliated

REUTERS Voting signs sit outside the Licking County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting in Newark, … Continued

Debate challenge: Connecting with the misunderstood white working-class

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in Manhattanon Sept. 25, 2012. (Photo by … Continued