Public Religion Research Institute

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Public Religion Research Institute
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Established 2009 (2009)
CEO Robert P. Jones
Location Washington, D.C.
Address 2027 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) is an American nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization that conducts public opinion polls on a variety of different topics. PRRI is a public resource for journalists, scholars, policy makers and the general public. PRRI is a member of the National Council of Public Polls and is a founding member of the Transparency Initiative at the American Association of Public Opinion Research.

PRRI partners with media outlets, think tanks, and academic institutions. Partners include The Atlantic, The Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and Georgetown University’s Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. All PRRI data is publicly available at the PRRI website and on The Roper Center Archives at Cornell University.

Major research[edit]

Since its founding in 2009, PRRI has conducted a wide range of surveys, tracking American public opinion more broadly, while also focusing on influential groups in society, like white evangelical Protestants, the Tea Party movement, and Millennials (Americans age 18-29). PRRI is perhaps best known for the American Values Survey (AVS), its national, multi-issue survey on religion, values and public policy. The PRRI Research Team conducted the AVS in 2008 and 2010, and began conducting it annually in 2011.[1] The survey measures public opinion on a wide range of issues and the relationship between opinions, values, and religion. In 2008, the survey focused on the faith and political views of young adults in the 2008 presidential election. In 2010, it examined the relationship between the Tea Party and the Christian right, and what this portended for the 2010 election.[2] In 2011, the AVS survey tackled voters’ views about the Mormon faith and economic inequality, an issue that has received increased attention since the advent of the Occupy Wall Street movement.[3]

In 2013, PRRI launched the American Values Atlas, an interactive online tool that provides information about religious, political and demographic composition for all 50 states and particular issues.


  1. ^ "The 2011 American Values Survey Launch". 
  2. ^ Boorstein, Michelle (5 October 2010). "Tea party, religious right often overlap, poll shows" – via 
  3. ^ Green, Lauren (8 November 2011). "American Values Survey Shows Voters Think Candidates Should Have Strong Faith - Fox News".