Sep 6

Past Event

What It Means to be American: New Poll Explores Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America

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Ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, our nation continues to struggle with what it means to be American and how to resolve political, religious and ethnic differences in an increasingly diverse country. Complicating these issues, Americans’ views toward immigration and immigrants are deeply divided. These complex and often competing viewpoints have deep and wide implications for American policy.

On September 6, the religion, policy and politics project at Brookings co-hosted an event with the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) to release a new PRRI survey and accompanying report co-authored by Brookings Senior Fellows E.J. Dionne and William Galston and PRRI co-founders Robert Jones and Dan Cox. Using data from the PRRI poll, the report explores attitudes toward Islam, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment, issues of national security, and the role of religion and religious leaders in U.S. politics. Jose Casanova, professor of sociology and senior fellow at the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and Muqtedar Khan, associate professor in political science and international relations at the University of Delaware, offered their thoughts on the report and the implications of the survey findings.

After the program, panelists took audience questions.

Watch archived video from the event at »

Event Agenda

  • Presentation of Survey Results

    • Robert P. Jones

      CEO and Founder

      Public Religion Research Institute

  • Presentation of Report

  • Respondents

    • Jose Casanova

      Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow, Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs

      Georgetown University

    • Muqtedar Khan

      Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations

      University of Delaware


September 6, 2011

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

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