Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

You will be reading in the mainstream media all about a poll by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) that purports to show that white Christians make up only 43% of the population of this fair land of freedom.  Go here to read the poll.  Here is what the media likely will not tell you:


  1. PRRI was founded in 2009 by Robert P. Jones.
  2. Jones is a liberal.
  3. For years he has pushed the notion that White Christian America is coming to an end.
  4. Last year, long before the election in November, he published a book with the title The End of White Christian America, go here to look at it.
  5. Hilariously, on August 17, 2016 he published an article stating that White Christian America was dead and Trump’s loss would prove it.  Go here to have some schadenfreude over that exercise in false prophecy.

This is a prime example of why the media is held in disdain by most sentient Americans.  You can bet that an outfit run by a conservative ideologue pushing an agenda, which released a controversial poll supporting such an agenda, would have the background similar to what I have posted above about the conservative in any mainstream media story on the poll.  That the stories in the mainstream media will lack such content about Jones and his worthless poll tells you all you need to know about the agenda of the media.



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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. “White Christians make up only 43% of the population?”

    The statistic was worse in ancient Rome under the Claudius and his successors.

    Yet what survived? Worship of the Roman gods and goddesses or worship of the Triune God? Imperator Caesar aut Rex Iesus Christus?

    History tells us the answer. But for these millennials history begins not even at their birth but rather at breakfast this morning.

  2. Yes he lied, but nothing can deny the sad reality that we are closing Catholic Churches here in Connecticut faster than people are leaving Florida right now.

  3. *eye starts twitching as she reads*
    This guy seriously needs an editor… the simplest is where he claims that twice as many homosexuals are unaffiliated as the general population, but means that the percentage is nearly twice as high.

    The one about the cultural center of the Catholic Church is a mess, with one of the “mosts” being less than the “only”….

    Huh, I think these guys may have called me, from the description of how the surveys were done….
    I was a bit rude about informing them it was a cellphone, I did NOT want to be contacted by them again, and that is why I use the do-not-call list. I’m having trouble imagining someone sensible actually handing the phone over to the youngest adult in the house because a random person calls and says they are doing a survey.

  4. His method may be satisfactory, but I wouldn’t put it past this guy to present his data in a tendentious way. You can get away with it if it fits the media narrative (see the career of Stephanie Coontz).

    Dr. Jones is a lapsed academic cut from a state college in Missouri. Quite an exercise in grant hustling to get people to pony up $1.7 million a year to fund your work as what’s called an ‘independent scholar’ in the higher ed trade. The IRS 990 for PRRI does not list their major donors for some reason.

  5. Not only is Jones a liberal, he used to be one of the top honchos at People for the American Way, the infamous hard left Super Democrat New York Liberal Communists Are Actually Kind of Cool organization. He has been lying with his polling for quite some time now. He is the polling equivalent of the SPLC

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