Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
On Eve Of Visit, Pope Benedict Still Unknown to Many Americans
A new poll finds 30% of Americans know little about the pontiff. The pope’s efforts to reach out to other faiths receive mixed reviews overall but strong support among observant Catholics.
An Overview of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate
The controversy ignited by the Massachusetts High Court ruling allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry continues to rage in state courts and legislatures as well as in churches across the nation.
A Portrait of American Catholics on the Eve of Pope Benedict’s Visit
When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the U.S. on April 15, he will be greeted by a flock that is undergoing rapid ethnic and demographic changes.
Pew Forum’s John Green discusses the role that religious and unaffiliated voters played on March 4 and could play in coming Democratic primaries and whether false rumors about Obama’s faith could hurt his chances.
Relativism vs. Fundamentalism: Is There a Middle Ground?
In a Pew Forum event, eminent sociologist of religion Peter Berger sets forth his view that doubt is ultimately a key element of religious faith in liberal democracies.
The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Reveals a Fluid and Diverse Pattern of Faith
A new survey including interviews with more than 35,000 Americans finds that more than one-quarter of adults (28%) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion — or no religion at all.
Does McCain Need Evangelical Voters?
Sizeable numbers of white evangelical Protestants are already part of McCain’s coalition despite opposition from some religious conservatives. On the Democratic side, Clinton will need to mobilize black Protestants while Obama has not connected with Jewish voters.
The Faith Factor at the Polls
John Green: “Virtually every religious community one can think of is important in at least one of the states with an election on Super Tuesday.”
Will Evangelical Voters Rally Around a Single Candidate in 2008?
As voting patterns and preferences among evangelicals have become more fluid, their electoral impact may extend beyond the primaries and affect both parties in November. Two experts from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life discuss this critical voting bloc.