BEYOND GUNS AND GODUnderstanding the Complexities ofthe White Working Class in America        Public        Religion    An...
Survey Methodology      • Sample Size:        – N = 2,501 Americans (MOE = +/- 2.2 percentage points)        – N = 857 whi...
Definition and Size ofWhite Working Class             White Working-Class Americans: White non-Hispanic Americans         ...
UNDERSTANDING                           WHITE WORKING-CLASS                                AMERICANSRace, Class, and Cultu...
Household IncomeRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   5
Financial StatusRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   6
Community TypeRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   7
Challenges Facing CommunitiesRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   8
2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION                                  By Race, Class, and ReligionRace, Class, and Culture Survey (P...
2012 Vote by Race and ClassRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   10
White Working-Class Vote by RegionRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   11
White Working-Class VoteBy Generation, Gender, and ReligionRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   12
Favorability of PresidentsBy Social ClassRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   13
CULTURE AND WORLDVIEW                               White Working-Class vs.                           White College-Educat...
Gun Ownership  Do you or does anyone in your home own a gun?Race, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   15
Shopping Preferences:Wal-Mart vs. TargetRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)   16
Preferred Attributes of Children:Deference to Authority vs. AutonomyRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012)...
CHALLENGING 5 MYTHS                     About White Working-Class AmericansRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, Septembe...
Myth 1: White Working-Class AmericansIdentify Strongly with the Tea PartyRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September ...
Myth 2: White Working Class AmericansHave Abandoned Religiosity & Strong Work Ethic                           Church      ...
Myth 3: White Working Class AmericansVote Against Their Economic InterestsRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September...
Myth 4: White Working Class AmericansAre Animated by Culture War IssuesRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 20...
Myth 5: White Working-Class AmericansEmbrace Free Market CapitalismRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) ...
Beyond Guns and GodUnderstanding the Complexities of the White WorkingClass in America                                    ...
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  1. 1. BEYOND GUNS AND GODUnderstanding the Complexities ofthe White Working Class in America Public Religion Analysis by Research Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO Institute Daniel Cox, Director of Research
  2. 2. Survey Methodology • Sample Size: – N = 2,501 Americans (MOE = +/- 2.2 percentage points) – N = 857 white working class Americans (MOE = +/- 3.7 percentage points) • Conducted between August 2 – August 15, 2012 • Bilingual (English and Spanish) telephone interviews (1,000 reached by cell phone) • Funded by Bend the Arc Foundation and the Nathan Cummings FoundationRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 2
  3. 3. Definition and Size ofWhite Working Class White Working-Class Americans: White non-Hispanic Americans without a four-year college degree who hold non-salaried jobsRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 3
  4. 4. UNDERSTANDING WHITE WORKING-CLASS AMERICANSRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 4
  5. 5. Household IncomeRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 5
  6. 6. Financial StatusRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 6
  7. 7. Community TypeRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 7
  8. 8. Challenges Facing CommunitiesRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 8
  9. 9. 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION By Race, Class, and ReligionRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 9
  10. 10. 2012 Vote by Race and ClassRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 10
  11. 11. White Working-Class Vote by RegionRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 11
  12. 12. White Working-Class VoteBy Generation, Gender, and ReligionRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 12
  13. 13. Favorability of PresidentsBy Social ClassRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 13
  14. 14. CULTURE AND WORLDVIEW White Working-Class vs. White College-Educated AmericansRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 14
  15. 15. Gun Ownership Do you or does anyone in your home own a gun?Race, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 15
  16. 16. Shopping Preferences:Wal-Mart vs. TargetRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 16
  17. 17. Preferred Attributes of Children:Deference to Authority vs. AutonomyRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 17
  18. 18. CHALLENGING 5 MYTHS About White Working-Class AmericansRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 18
  19. 19. Myth 1: White Working-Class AmericansIdentify Strongly with the Tea PartyRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 19
  20. 20. Myth 2: White Working Class AmericansHave Abandoned Religiosity & Strong Work Ethic Church WorkRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 20
  21. 21. Myth 3: White Working Class AmericansVote Against Their Economic InterestsRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 21
  22. 22. Myth 4: White Working Class AmericansAre Animated by Culture War IssuesRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 22
  23. 23. Myth 5: White Working-Class AmericansEmbrace Free Market CapitalismRace, Class, and Culture Survey (PRRI, September 2012) 23
  24. 24. Beyond Guns and GodUnderstanding the Complexities of the White WorkingClass in America Follow us Online: www.facebook.com/publicreligion www.twitter.com/publicreligion www.publicreligion.org Public Religion Analysis by Research Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO Institute Daniel Cox, Director of Research

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