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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.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 11, 2019

For Darwin Day, 6 facts about the evolution debate

Tuesday is the 210th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Roughly eight-in-ten U.S. adults say humans have evolved over time.

ReligionFebruary 6, 2019

Why we studied the possible links between religion and happiness, health and civic engagement

Conrad Hackett, associate director for research and senior demographer, discusses why we studied the relationship between religion and happiness, health and civic engagement.

ReligionFebruary 6, 2019

Darwin in America

Almost 160 years after Charles Darwin publicized his groundbreaking theory on the development of life, Americans are still arguing about evolution.

ReligionJanuary 14, 2019

Split between Ukrainian, Russian churches shows political importance of Orthodox Christianity

Ukraine is an overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian nation, and 46% of Orthodox Ukrainians look to the Ukrainian national church leaders as the highest Orthodoxy authority.

ReligionOctober 10, 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.

ReligionOctober 3, 2018

After recent revelations, U.S. Catholics give Francis low marks on handling of sex abuse scandal

Just three-in-ten American Catholics now say the pontiff is doing a good or excellent job of addressing the sex abuse scandal.

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.