U.S. Politics Apr. 7, 2010

Broad Criticism of Pope Benedict’s Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal

Amid new revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI’s job ratings for handling the scandal have plummeted.

Religion Apr. 30, 2009

Catholics, Obama and Notre Dame

Most Catholics aware of the controversy support the University of Notre Dame’s decision to invite President Barack Obama to speak and receive an honorary degree at its May 17 commencement, even though he supports abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research. But a new poll also finds a deep division on this issue between the most observant Catholics and those who are less observant

Religion Apr. 27, 2009

Faith in Flux

Americans change religious affiliation early and often. A new survey documents the fluidity of religious affiliation in the U.S. and describes in detail the patterns and reasons for change.

Religion Mar. 17, 2009

The Political Obligations of Catholics

The Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput argues that Catholics should take an active, vocal and morally consistent role in public debates, particularly on issues such as abortion, the death penalty and other matters they consider central to social justice.

Religion Oct. 30, 2008

Will Obama Win the White Catholic Vote?

White Catholics have traditionally been swing voters but their recent apparent shift from support for McCain to Obama was both sharp and swift. What explains it?

U.S. Politics May. 6, 2008

Pope Benedict’s Image Improves Following U.S. Visit

Currently, 61% of Americans say they have a favorable impression of the pontiff, up from 52% in late March, while views of his outreach to other faiths have also shown substantial improvement.

Religion Apr. 25, 2008

Obama’s Catholic Voter Problem?

Hillary Clinton won the Catholic vote in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary by more than a two-to-one margin, repeating a pattern among religious voters similar to those seen in other states. Does this have implications for the May 6 contests in Indiana and North Carolina?

Religion Apr. 3, 2008

On Eve Of Visit, Pope Benedict Still Unknown to Many Americans

A new poll finds 30% of Americans know little about the pontiff. The pope’s efforts to reach out to other faiths receive mixed reviews overall but strong support among observant Catholics.

Global Apr. 1, 2008

America’s Catholics Occupy a Unique Place in the World of Religion

U.S. Catholics occupy something of a middle ground between their more religious fellow Catholics in the developing world, and the less devout of Europe.

Religion Mar. 27, 2008

A Portrait of American Catholics on the Eve of Pope Benedict’s Visit

When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the U.S. on April 15, he will be greeted by a flock that is undergoing rapid ethnic and demographic changes.