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David Masci is a senior writer/editor at Pew Research Center, where he is the in-house expert on church-state issues, culture war issues, and religion and science. In this capacity, Masci conducts research and writing and gives public presentations and media interviews on various topics, including gay marriage, abortion, physician-assisted suicide, the controversy surrounding teaching evolution, religious displays (Ten Commandments, Christmas crèches, etc.) and stem cell research. Before joining Pew Research Center, Masci worked for 14 years as a journalist for Congressional Quarterly, writing for many of the company’s publications, including The Daily Monitor, CQ Weekly and, most recently, The CQ Researcher. His work has been published in The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and a host of other national and regional newspapers. Masci has a bachelor’s in medieval history, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. He has given interviews to most major American newspapers, including the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and has appeared on media outlets such as CNN, ABC News, NBC News and NPR.

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ReligionSeptember 4, 2018

7 facts about American Catholics

American Catholics are racially and ethnically diverse and fairly evenly dispersed throughout the country. Many want to see the church make significant changes.

ReligionAugust 2, 2018

5 facts about the death penalty

Pope Francis has changed the Catholic Church’s teaching to fully oppose the death penalty. Read key facts about the death penalty in the U.S. and abroad.

Pew Research CenterApril 23, 2018

Black Americans are more likely than overall public to be Christian, Protestant

Nearly eight-in-ten black Americans identify as Christian, compared with 70% of whites, 77% of Latinos and just 34% of Asian Americans.

Pew Research CenterMarch 28, 2018

Most Poles accept Jews as fellow citizens and neighbors, but a minority do not

While most adults in Poland say they are willing to accept Jews as fellow citizens, neighbors and family members, almost one-in-five take the opposite position.

Pew Research CenterMarch 19, 2018

Share of married adults varies widely across U.S. religious groups

In the United States, 48% of American adults say they are married. A higher-than-average share of adults are married in certain religious groups.

Pew Research CenterMarch 6, 2018

6 facts about how U.S. Catholics see Pope Francis

As Pope Francis approaches the fifth anniversary of his papacy, read six facts about how American Catholics view the pope.

ReligionMarch 1, 2018

5 facts about U.S. evangelical Protestants

The Rev. Billy Graham, who recently died at age 99, was one of the most influential and important evangelical Christian leaders of the 20th century. As the country remembers Rev. Billy Graham, here are five facts about American evangelical Protestants.

ReligionFebruary 7, 2018

5 facts about the religious lives of African Americans

Religion, particularly Christianity, has played an outsize role in African American history. For Black History Month, here are five facts about the religious lives of African Americans.

ReligionJanuary 22, 2018

American religious groups vary widely in their views of abortion

Many Many Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and members of some evangelical churches say abortion should be illegal. But among other religious groups, many support legal abortion.

GlobalJanuary 10, 2018

5 facts about Iran

The public unrest that swept across Iran starting in late December began as a protest against poor economic conditions, but it quickly turned into a call for an end to the country’s theocratic regime.