WASHINGTON —On Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel (1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW), Public Religion Research Institute will release a new major national telephone survey of 2,501 American adults that will provide a comprehensive look at the values, experiences, and worldviews motivating white working-class Americans in the 2012 election.
The findings upend many common liberal and conservative assumptions about white working-class Americans’ affinity with the Tea Party, religiosity, cultural values, and perspectives on economic issues, while confirming some established beliefs.
Exploring a broad set of issues – including problems facing white working-class Americans, what stores they prefer, and what news outlets they trust – the survey also explores the pronounced regional divisions that influence white working-class Americans.
To provide additional insight on the findings, Thomas B. Edsall, Columbia University journalism professor and New York Times online contributor, and Dr. John Sides, George Washington University associate professor of political science, will join Dr. Robert P. Jones, PRRI CEO, and Daniel Cox, PRRI research director, at an event accompanying the survey’s release.
Embargoed reports and interview opportunities will be made available. The survey release and panel discussion is open to media and coverage is welcome.
Release of PRRI’s Race, Class, and Values Survey, a new comprehensive national survey providing an in-depth portrait of white working-class Americans.
Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO, Public Religion Research Institute
Daniel Cox, research director, Public Religion Research Institute
Thomas B. Edsall, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore professor of journalism, Columbia University; columnist for the New York Times’ “Campaign Stops” blog
Dr. John Sides, associate professor of political science, George Washington University; founder and contributor to “The Monkey Cage,” a political science blog.
September 20, 2012 - 10:00 a.m. EDT
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Funding for the survey was generously provided by The Bend the Arc Foundation and The Nathan Cummings Foundation.
Public Religion Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization specializing in research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life.
Shannon Craig Straw