Fact Tank Jan. 3, 2014

Republicans’ views on evolution

Significantly fewer Republicans believe in evolution than did so four years ago, setting them apart from Democrats and independents. But behind this finding is a puzzle: If the views of the overall public have remained steady, and there has been little change among people of other political affiliations, how do you account for the Republican numbers? An explainer.

Fact Tank Jan. 2, 2014

Six questions about the contraception mandate and the Supreme Court

2014 promises to be a crucial year in determining the fate of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, which requires most employers who offer health insurance to their workers to provide free contraceptive services for female employees.

Fact Tank Dec. 25, 2013

Most Americans believe in Jesus’ virgin birth

Most U.S. adults believe Jesus was born of a virgin, including one-third of Americans with no specific religious affiliation.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2013

The world’s Christian population – take our quiz

How much do you know about the world’s Christian population? Which country has the largest Catholic population, and which has the largest number of Protestants? W have a short, ten-question quiz on the global Christian population to test your knowledge.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2013

Christmas also celebrated by many non-Christians

About eight-in-ten non-Christians in the U.S. celebrate Christmas.

Fact Tank Dec. 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 Tank Dec. 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 Tank Dec. 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 Tank Dec. 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 Tank Dec. 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.