Vital Signs

vital signs national faith and values study

Why Vital Signs?

Survey of the Nation’s Faith and Values

The Presidential Prayer Team in conjunction with George Barna recently participated in two nationwide studies to take what we call the “temperature” of Americans when it comes to matters of faith, prayer, and matters that confront our nation.

An Outward Look: The first survey included people from the broad spectrum of Americana—people like your neighbors, with varied backgrounds and demographics. In particular, the outward study examined the beliefs and practices of those who may not identify as Christian and are outside of the prayer team. The results gave a portrait of the nation as a whole.

As we endeavor to reach more Americans on matters of God and faith and with the knowledge of Jesus Christ and the power of prayer, the results of the “outward” study will guide us in any program development to meet that objective.

The Inward Look: The second study was more tightly directed toward members of The Presidential Prayer Team. The majority have a heartbeat that is sensitive toward the things of God, and many have a familiarity with the Bible. As such, what matters to them, while sometimes the same, can also have a wide variable on issues of morality or perceived biblical principles.

The Results

The Vital Signs:  In the largest study of its kind, The Vital Signs survey thousands of Americans to determine the faith, values, and concerns that matter most to our nation. Through the study, we’ve created an in depth and  comprehensive look into each of the top Vital Signs. In a random order of importance, the Vital Signs are as follows:

We’ve combed through the issues and compiled 13 comprehensive Vital Signs that will be examined in the coming months. These are presented in a random order of importance. The Vital Signs are as follows:

Release Schedule

  • July 7 – Law and Order
  • July 14 – National Defense
  • July 21 – News Media and Bias
  • July 28 – Religious Freedom
  • August 4 – Economic Security
  • August 11 – Entitlement Programs
  • August 18 – Government Spending
  • August 25 – Election Integrity
  • September 1 – Immigration
  • September 8 – Abortion
  • September 15 – Healthcare
  • September 22 – Marriage and Family
  • September 29 – National Leadership
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Latest VITAL Signs

Vital Signs National Leadership

National Leadership

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest…
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Vital Signs Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family

When God is taken out of the equation of marriage and family, humans are left to their own devices. Culture and society then decide what…
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Vital Signs Healthcare


Policy effects people. 68% of registered voters say health care is a top issue influencing their vote. Highly publicized aspects keep health care in the…
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vital signs abortion


Since being legalized in the United States in 1973, there have been approximately 62 million unborn children killed in the womb.
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Vital Signs Immigration

Immigration Policies

In little more than a decade, immigration will change the nation’s population size, race-ethnic make-up, its age structure, and its future.
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Election Integrity

How can the quarreling colonists be brought under a unified government? The question is as appropriate now as it was in 1787 at the Constitutional…
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Vital Signs Government Spending

Government Spending

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt.” –John Adams, the 2nd president of…
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Entitlement Programs

“All faith traditions follow a similar directive to honor father and mother and to care for widows and orphans. Social Security is a modern-day manifestation…
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vital signs economic security

Economic Security

“Sound macroeconomic policies enhance the credibility of the government and strengthen the political institutions. This credibility is vital for economic stability”
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Vital Sign Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

History teaches that any restriction, prejudice, or persecution toward religious groups, if not contained, will quickly spread.
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Vital Signs News Bias

News Media And Bias

Even when ethical standards of truth and accuracy are employed, modern journalism still easily strays from objectivity. Spin has crept into news media.
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Vital Signs National Defense

National Defense

President Ronald Reagan warned in farewell address, “I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the…
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Vital Signs Law and Order

Law and Order

What we are seeing in America is mob rule because some elected leaders capitulate to a mob. Until citizens hold them accountable at the ballot…
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PRESS RELEASE: Prayer and Politics

Is discussing religion and politics at a neighborhood barbeque bad form? A new study suggests mixing prayer and politics is more common and productive than you might think.
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PRESS RELEASE: America and the Bible

America’s general public is uncertain about how to integrate the Bible into their lives – or even if they should. In fact, many question the role of the Bible in daily life.
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PRESS RELEASE: Being Christian

What does it mean to be a Christian in America these days? To answer this question, The Presidential Prayer Team conducted the Vital Signs Study to find out.
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Praying During an Election Year


Keep in step with God’s Word Psalm 97:10 – O you who love the Lord, hate evil! Are you called to be an activist?  Maybe you attend pro-life…
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Love them in to His Kingdom. Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone…
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Through it All

When things are out of your control. Romans 8:31 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?…
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God is Bigger

He has the power to cover any issue you may face. 1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. The colorful…
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Finding Hope

There is certainty in relationship. 1 John 1:3 – That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship…
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Press Forward

Avoid getting stuck. Luke 19:10 – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. In a recent radio and television program “Turning Point,”…
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God of Peace

Be quick to follow the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:33 – For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. How do you get to the corner…
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Calm The Waters

In times of turbulence seas, God’s people are called to CALM THE WATERS. Are you called to be a peacemaker?
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Making Decisions

Find your direction in prayer and scripture. Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with…
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Plans For You

The plans of God may appear unknowable from the earthly point of view. Isaiah 40:28 – He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. Among…
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Love Without Condition

Unconditional love comes without excuses. Deuteronomy 30:11 – For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. You…
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God Is At Work

When you feel discontented and incomplete. 2 Corinthians 12:10 – For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when…
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Joyous Prospects

How do you approach your personal time with the Lord? Is it like Christmas morning, a chore for the day — or somewhere in between? God delights in His time with us.
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Time for Thanksgiving

When you don’t feel thankful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. In 1981,…
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Eliminate Doubt

Why are people so ready to believe falsehoods—and to repeat them? Psychologists suggest a lot can be explained about the mental shortcuts people take.
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Be at Peace

Why are people so ready to believe falsehoods—and to repeat them? Psychologists suggest a lot can be explained about the mental shortcuts people take.
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Finding Truth

Why are people so ready to believe falsehoods—and to repeat them? Psychologists suggest a lot can be explained about the mental shortcuts people take.
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A Thanksgiving Environment

Why are people so ready to believe falsehoods—and to repeat them? Psychologists suggest a lot can be explained about the mental shortcuts people take.
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The Farewell Address given by President George Washington 225 years ago, showed his deep concern for the unity of the then-infant nation.
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Interceding for a Nation

Many years ago, the late Billy Graham said, “If we fail to solve this moral and spiritual crisis, we may be doomed like the great nations of the past.”
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Embrace Justice

God wants you to promote justice. But in the Bible, when you encounter “justice,” you find it tied to righteousness, kindness, and humility.
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Established Purpose

Choices have consequences. That is as true for the child caught with his hand in the cookie jar as it is for the voting public in the time of elections.
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“In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm.” Is America weathering the storms without God?
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Joy’s Sand Traps

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” How do you respond to life’s “sand traps?”
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George Barna

George Barna is a professor at Arizona Christian University and leads the Cultural Research Center based at the university. His focus at ACU is worldview assessment and development, and cultural transformation.

He was the founder and leader of The Barna Group (which he sold in 2009) and the American Culture and Faith Institute (through 2018). He has been the President of Metaformation, a research and communications company, since 2009. Barna has conducted groundbreaking research on worldview, cultural transformation, ministry applications, spiritual development, and politics. He has provided research and strategy for several hundred parachurch ministries, thousands of Christian churches, the U.S. military, and numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations, and has provided polling and strategy input for four presidential candidates.

Besides his current role at Arizona Christian University, he previously taught at several universities and seminaries, and was the teaching pastor of a large, multi-ethnic church.

Barna has written or co-authored more than 50 books, mostly addressing cultural and religious trends, leadership, spiritual development, church dynamics, and cultural transformation. They include New York Times bestsellers and several award-winning books.

After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University.

Married to Nancy since 1978, they have three adopted daughters and three grandchildren, and live on the central California coast.

Following the 2016 presidential election, George Barna wrote a book titled The Day Christians Changed America.

To find out how prayer reshaped American politics and redirected the nation’s future, and to learn how pray is once again at the center of this election season, visit

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