See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on the world’s largest religious group.
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.
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Most in former Yugoslavia favor multicultural society, although some tensions remain
Most people in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia seem willing to share their societies with ethnic and religious groups different from their own.
Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe
Religion has reasserted itself as an important part of individual and national identity in a region that was once dominated by atheist communist regimes.
Among white evangelicals, regular churchgoers are the most supportive of Trump
White evangelicals overwhelming voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, and their support has continued into his presidency.
Sub-Saharan Africa will be home to growing shares of the world’s Christians and Muslims
By 2060, more than four-in-ten Christians and 27% of Muslims around the world will call sub-Saharan Africa home.
5 facts on how Americans view the Bible and other religious texts
This year, the Jewish festival of Passover coincides with the Christian celebration of Easter. Here are five key facts about Americans and their holy texts.
Restrictions on religion among the 25 most populous countries, 2007-2015
Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, Russia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and Nigeria stand out as having the most restrictions on religion (as of the end of 2015) when both government restrictions and religious hostilities are taken into account.
Global Restrictions on Religion Rise Modestly in 2015, Reversing Downward Trend
Government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion increased in 2015 for the first time in three years. Government harassment and use of force surged in Europe, as did social hostilities against Muslims.
Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group
While the world’s population is projected to grow 32% in the coming decades, the number of Muslims is expected to increase by 70% – from 1.8 billion in 2015 to nearly 3 billion in 2060.
Christians remain world’s largest religious group, but they are declining in Europe
Though Christians make up nearly a third of Earth’s 7.3 billion people, the number of Christians in Europe is in decline.
The Changing Global Religious Landscape
More babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion in recent years. Less than 20 years from now, however, the number of babies born to Muslims is expected to modestly exceed births to Christians.