Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis

ReligionFebruary 6, 2019

The Evolution of Pew Research Center’s Survey Questions About the Origins and Development of Life on Earth

Measuring public opinion on evolution has never been an easy task for survey researchers.

ReligionJanuary 31, 2019

Religion’s Relationship to Happiness, Civic Engagement and Health Around the World

People who are active in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of religious groups, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data from the United States and more than two dozen other countries.

ReligionJanuary 3, 2019

Faith on the Hill

The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.

ReligionNovember 20, 2018

Where Americans Find Meaning in Life

Family is the most common source of meaning in America, but economic, religious and political divides shape where people find meaning in other aspects of life.

ReligionOctober 29, 2018

Eastern and Western Europeans Differ on Importance of Religion, Views of Minorities, and Key Social Issues

The Iron Curtain that once divided Europe may be long gone, but the continent today is split by stark differences in public attitudes toward religion, minorities and social issues such as gay marriage and legal abortion.

ReligionOctober 2, 2018

Confidence in Pope Francis Down Sharply in U.S.

Just three-in-ten Catholic adults say Francis is doing an excellent or good job addressing the sex abuse scandal, down 14 points from this January and 24 points since 2015.

ReligionAugust 29, 2018

The Religious Typology

A new analysis looks at beliefs and behaviors that cut across many religious denominations – important traits that unite people of different faiths, or that divide those of the same religious affiliation.

ReligionAugust 1, 2018

Why Americans Go (and Don’t Go) to Religious Services

The main reason people regularly go to a house of worship is to feel closer to God. But the reasons people give for staying away from religious services are more complicated.

ReligionJuly 5, 2018

How Does Pew Research Center Measure the Religious Composition of the U.S.? Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

At Pew Research Center, we frequently receive questions about how we measure religion. Here are answers to some of the questions we get most frequently.

ReligionJune 21, 2018

Global Uptick in Government Restrictions on Religion in 2016

Restrictions on religion increased in 2016 for the second straight year. Nationalist parties and organizations played an increasing role in harassment of religious minorities, especially in Europe.