Fact TankDecember 24, 2013

It’s not just kids who are excited about a visit from Santa

One-in-five adults who don’t have kids that believe in Santa still plan on a visit from Santa this year.

Fact TankDecember 19, 2013

What do Americans like least about Christmas? Follow the money.

A third of Americans say commercialism is what they like least about the holidays.

Fact TankDecember 12, 2013

Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality

Recent developments in Croatia and Scotland highlight a stark divide between Eastern and Western Europe on the topic of same-sex marriage.

Fact TankDecember 12, 2013

‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’?

When asked about how stores should greet their customers over the holidays, 42% of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas,” 12% prefer “Happy Holidays” and 46% say it doesn’t matter.

Fact TankDecember 11, 2013

Pope Francis’ big year

Pope Francis began this year as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an Argentine archbishop. He finishes it as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

Fact TankDecember 6, 2013

Most U.S. Catholics call addressing clergy sex abuse a top priority

After Pope Francis was elected in March, 70% of U.S. Catholics said that addressing the abuse scandal should be “a top priority” for him.

Fact TankNovember 14, 2013

Muslim holiday of Ashura brings into focus Shia-Sunni differences

Each year, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the shrine of one of their most revered figures – Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. While Ashura is sacred for all Muslims, it is especially important to Shias, illustrating some of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Fact TankNovember 1, 2013

Vatican will seek Catholics’ input on wide range of family issues

The Vatican plans to ask a range of questions on topics related to the family, including divorce, artificial contraception and same-sex marriage.

Fact TankOctober 11, 2013

5 facts about the hajj

The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.

Fact TankOctober 8, 2013

Big majority of Mormons (including women) oppose women in priesthood

Mormon leaders recently reaffirmed their position that women should not be eligible for the priesthood – a position supported by a majority of Mormons.