Pew Research CenterMarch 13, 2018

U.S. Catholics offer wide range of answers when asked about Francis’ most notable action as pope

About one-in-ten U.S. Catholics say Pope Francis’ most notable action has been showing humility and setting a good Christian example, while an equal share credited Francis with opening up the church and making it more accepting.

ReligionMarch 6, 2018

Pope Francis Still Highly Regarded in U.S., but Signs of Disenchantment Emerge

American Catholics continue to have a favorable opinion of Francis. Yet there are signs of growing disenchantment with the Argentine pontiff, particularly among Catholic Republicans.

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.

ReligionFebruary 27, 2017

Most white evangelicals approve of Trump travel prohibition and express concerns about extremism

While most Americans disapprove of Donald Trump’s recent refugee policy, there is a sizable divide on the issue among major religious groups.

ReligionJanuary 18, 2017

U.S. Catholics, non-Catholics continue to view Pope Francis favorably

In the U.S., Pope Francis remains as popular as ever, with seven-in-ten Americans saying their opinion of the pontiff is “very” or “mostly” favorable.

Fact TankNovember 17, 2016

Pope Francis shaping a College of Cardinals that is less European

Only three of the 13 voting members of the newest cardinal-designates (those younger than 80) are from Europe.

Fact TankNovember 9, 2016

How the faithful voted: A preliminary 2016 analysis

The 2016 presidential exit polling reveals little change in the political alignments of U.S. religious groups.

ReligionOctober 26, 2016

One-in-Five U.S. Adults Were Raised in Interfaith Homes

Roughly one-in-five U.S. adults were raised with a mixed religious background, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

Fact TankMay 12, 2016

Support steady for same-sex marriage and acceptance of homosexuality

Nearly a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unprecedented ruling that determined same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry, a decision that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country. While the public’s attitudes toward gay marriage remain unchanged from a year ago, they have changed dramatically over the past two decades. Now, just […]

Fact TankApril 19, 2016

Most U.S. Catholics rely heavily on their own conscience for moral guidance

Despite Pope Francis’ overwhelming popularity, few U.S. Catholics say they turn to the pope “a great deal” for guidance on difficult moral questions.