Religion Dec. 15, 2014

Most Say Religious Holiday Displays on Public Property Are OK

A majority of Americans believe the historical accuracy of the biblical Christmas story and also look forward to gathering with friends and family for the holidays.

Religion Nov. 13, 2014

Religion in Latin America

Nearly 40% of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but many people in the region have converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, while some have left organized religion altogether.

Religion Nov. 5, 2014

How the Faithful Voted: 2014 Preliminary Analysis

Exit poll data from the 2014 midterm elections finds the GOP making inroads among some religious constituencies that traditionally have not been as supportive of Republican candidates.

Religion Jul. 16, 2014

How Religious Groups View One Another

When asked to rate religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100, Americans rate Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians warmly and atheists and Muslims more coldly.

Religion May. 7, 2014

The Shifting Religious Identity of U.S. Latinos

Most U.S. Hispanics continue to belong to the Roman Catholic Church. But the Catholic share of the Hispanic population is declining, while rising numbers of Hispanics are Protestant or unaffiliated with any religion.

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.