Religion Apr. 4, 2014

Global Religious Diversity

A new report measures religious diversity by the percentage of each country’s population in eight categories — Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, the unaffiliated, folk religionists and members of other religions.

Religion Mar. 28, 2014

Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty

While a majority of U.S. adults still support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, public support for capital punishment has been ticking downward for the past two decades.

Religion Mar. 6, 2014

Catholics Say Pope Francis Is a Change for the Better

Pope Francis remains immensely popular among American Catholics and is widely seen as a force for positive change.

Religion Mar. 6, 2014

How U.S. Catholics View Pope Francis: In Their Own Words

Fully 85% of adult Catholics in the U.S. say they have a favorable view of Pope Francis. We wanted to understand a little more about the popularity of the pope, so we asked respondents if they would be willing to elaborate on their answers to our survey questions.

Religion Feb. 10, 2014

Russians Return to Religion, But Not to Church

The share of Russians who identified as Orthodox Christians more than doubled between 1991 and 2008, while the share not identifying with any religion dropped. But for most Russians, this return to religion did not correspond with a return to church.

Religion Jan. 14, 2014

Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High

Religious hostilities increased in every major region of the world except the Americas. The sharpest increase was in the Middle East and North Africa, a region still feeling the effects of the Arab Spring. And China edged into the “high” category for the first time.

Religion Dec. 30, 2013

Six-in-Ten Americans Believe in Evolution

While 60% of Americans believe in human evolution, a third reject the idea. Beliefs about evolution differ strongly by religious group and also vary by party affiliation, gender, age and education.

Religion Dec. 18, 2013

How Americans Celebrate Christmas and the Holidays

Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday.

Religion Nov. 21, 2013

Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments

Most Americans say there are circumstances in which doctors and nurses should allow a patient to die, but a growing minority says medical professionals always should do everything possible to save a patient’s life.

Religion Nov. 7, 2013

Many Sunnis and Shias Worry About Religious Conflict

There are high levels of concern about sectarian tensions in several countries where Sunnis and Shias live side by side. These concerns are particularly pronounced in Lebanon, where two-thirds of all Muslims say sectarian tensions are a big problem.