Fact Tank Sep. 23, 2014

Is religion’s declining influence good or bad? Those without religious affiliation are divided

Atheists, agnostics and people who have no religion in particular may be growing in number in the United States, but they are not uniformly against religion having a role in society.

Fact Tank Sep. 22, 2014

5 takeaways about religion and politics before the midterms

A new Pew Research survey finds that many Americans support a role for religion in the political arena and lament what they see as religion’s declining influence in society. Here are five key takeaways.

Fact Tank Sep. 22, 2014

In some European countries, church membership means paying more taxes

Are government church taxes causing Germans to leave the church?

Fact Tank Sep. 16, 2014

10 big questions the Pew Research Center has tackled in the past decade

For Pew Research’s 10-year anniversary, here’s a list of 10 big research questions we’ve answered over the years that speak to broad ways that America and the world is changing.

Fact Tank Sep. 10, 2014

Indians among most likely in the world to see extremist groups as ‘major threat’

A 2013 poll we conducted showed that globally Indians are among the most likely to say that Islamic extremist groups pose a “major threat” to their country.

Fact Tank Sep. 9, 2014

The divide over ordaining women

Only 11% of American congregations were led by women in 2012, according to press reports of an upcoming National Congregations Study survey. That figure hasn’t changed since 1998.

Fact Tank Sep. 3, 2014

Religious divides persist heading into fall campaign

While there have been several controversial issues since 2010 at the intersection of religion and politics, there has been more stability than change among major religious groups’ voting preferences.

Fact Tank Sep. 2, 2014

7 facts about world migration

The world’s increasing population means that the sheer number of international migrants has never been higher.

Fact Tank Aug. 27, 2014

Many religions heavily concentrated in one or two countries

Half of the world’s population lives in just six countries. But in many cases, the world’s major religious groups are even more concentrated.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2014

Who are the Iraqi Kurds?

While the Kurds are a crucial part of Iraq’s political makeup, they are an ethnic group, not a distinct religious sect within Islam.