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In the Media Spotlight

April 12, 2013
In the weeks leading up to the presidential election, political science professor Melissa Deckman was busy on the media circuit, sharing her expertise on how religion and gender affect voter attitudes.

At an October 22 event at the National Press Club, she shared her research findings on the gender gap among Catholic voters. The following day, in her role as an Affiliated Scholar with the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), she participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution to announce the results of PRRI’s “2012 American Values Survey,” a comprehensive study of how values and beliefs affect voting behavior. 

Deckman addressed several key survey areas: the correlation between religious affiliation and support for Romney or Obama, perceptions about the state of religious freedom in the U.S., and Tea Party opinions on social issues. 

“This election season has been busier than usual because being an Affiliated Scholar with the PRRI has brought exciting new opportunities,” says Deckman. “As someone who has studied political behavior for a long time, I’ve enjoyed sharing my knowledge in these different settings.”


Last modified on Apr. 12th, 2013 at 12:13pm by Brittany Weaver.