Fact Tank Dec. 25, 2013

Most Americans believe in Jesus’ virgin birth

Most U.S. adults believe Jesus was born of a virgin, including one-third of Americans with no specific religious affiliation.

Fact Tank Nov. 25, 2013

No clear ‘Pope Francis effect’ among U.S. Catholics

The pope’s popularity hasn’t yet produced a Catholic resurgence in the U.S. in terms of the share of Americans who identify as Catholic, or the share of those who report attending Mass weekly.

Fact Tank Nov. 1, 2013

Vatican will seek Catholics’ input on wide range of family issues

The Vatican plans to ask a range of questions on topics related to the family, including divorce, artificial contraception and same-sex marriage.

Fact Tank Oct. 24, 2013

Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say it’s important for Pope Francis to tackle Vatican reform

Most Catholics say reforming the Vatican is an important priority for Pope Francis.

Fact Tank Oct. 10, 2013

A fifth of Mormons express doubts about some church teachings

A top Mormon leader recently made headlines this week when he acknowledged that past actions by church leaders may have contributed to doubts about church teachings. About one-in-five (22%) church memberssay they find some of the church’s teachings hard to believe.

Fact Tank Oct. 8, 2013

Big majority of Mormons (including women) oppose women in priesthood

Mormon leaders recently reaffirmed their position that women should not be eligible for the priesthood – a position supported by a majority of Mormons.

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

Majority of U.S. Catholics’ opinions run counter to church on contraception, homosexuality

Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say the church should permit birth control, about half favor same-sex marriage and just a third (33%) say homosexual behavior is a sin.

Religion Sep. 12, 2013

U.S. Catholics Give Pope Francis Favorable Ratings

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis is rated favorably by 79% of U.S. Catholics. Just 4% say they have an unfavorable view of the pope, while 17% express no opinion or say they have not heard enough about Francis to have an opinion.

Fact Tank Sep. 6, 2013

Catholic leaders urge immigration reform

Some Catholic leaders have thrown their support behind changes in immigration laws, a position that is in line with the views of many U.S. Catholics.

Fact Tank Jul. 30, 2013

Before pope’s comments, Latin American Catholics expressed acceptance of homosexuality

Pope Francis made headlines yesterday in response to a question about the supposed “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The pope reportedly reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that while homosexual acts were sinful, orientation was not. But he added, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge […]