Fact Tank Mar. 25, 2015

How the U.S. compares with the rest of the world on religious restrictions

The U.S. ranks in the middle range of the nearly 200 countries we analyzed to assess restrictions on religion and social hostilities toward religious groups.

Fact Tank Mar. 18, 2015

Where Christian churches, other religions stand on gay marriage

In the last two decades, several religious groups have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions.

Fact Tank Mar. 13, 2015

Pope Francis’ popularity extends beyond Catholics

Seven-in-ten Americans rate him favorably, including two-thirds of those with no religious affiliation, a Pew Research Center poll finds.

Fact Tank Mar. 6, 2015

Americans are still divided on why people are gay

Four-in-ten Americans said being gay or lesbian is “just the way some choose to live,” while a similar share said that “people are born gay or lesbian.”

Fact Tank Mar. 3, 2015

Religious restrictions among the world’s most populous countries

Levels of restrictions and hostilities vary tremendously by country, from some of the lowest in the world (South Africa) to among the very highest (Indonesia).

Fact Tank Feb. 27, 2015

5 facts about religious hostilities in Europe

Harassment and attacks against religious minorities continue in many countries there, and hostilities against Jews in particular have been spreading.

Fact Tank Feb. 26, 2015

5 key findings about global restrictions on religion

There was an overall decline in social hostilities to religion in 2013, though harassment of Jews worldwide reached a high. These are five key takeaways from our religious restrictions report.

Fact Tank Feb. 26, 2015

Q/A: How Pew Research measures global restrictions on religion

We sat down with researcher Peter Henne to learn more about the complex process of measuring global religious restrictions.

Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2015

Nearly all states allow religious exemptions for vaccinations

A Pew Research Center analysis found wide variation in vaccination exemptions across the country. Only Mississippi and West Virginia do not offer any nonmedical exemptions.

Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2015

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

Most of the U.S. presidents have been openly religious, with many belonging to some of the country’s most prominent Protestant denominations. The next largest group of presidents were affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.