This week, comments made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a fundraiser have received lots of attention. Some commentators pounced, accusing Romney of dismissing nearly half the country as dependent on government and therefore, implicitly, unshakable Obama supporters. Others insisted Romney merely articulated a sad truth and that then-candidate Obama’s controversial 2008 comments describing some voters as “clinging to guns and religion” were equally damning. But a survey from Public Religion Research Institute released this week offers new insights into a frequently-stereotyped population, white working-class America (making up about 36% of us), finding some things that just might surprise you. Dr. Robert P. Jones, founding CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, joins Welton to share the highlights of the new report: “Beyond Guns and God: Understanding the Complexities of the White Working Class in America.”

Click the “play” button above to hear the extended interview. To download this audio, click here. Transcript coming soon. To hear the entire September 22, 2012 State of Belief Radio program, click here. To hear Dr. Jones’ previous State of Belief appearances, click here.

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