ReligionMarch 30, 2016

Israeli Jews from the former Soviet Union are more secular, less religiously observant

After the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Israel’s largest wave of Jewish immigrants arrived from Russia and other former Soviet republics. These Soviet Jews brought a secular mindset to Israel, and more than two decades later, Jews who were born in the former Soviet Union continue to be noticeably less religious than Israeli Jews overall.

ReligionFebruary 12, 2016

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

Most of the U.S. presidents have been openly religious, with many belonging to some of the country’s most prominent Protestant denominations.

ReligionFebruary 3, 2016

Republicans Prefer Blunt Talk About Islamic Extremism, Democrats Favor Caution

Half of Americans say the next president should be careful not to criticize Islam as a whole when speaking about Islamic extremists, while four-in-ten want the next president to speak bluntly about Islamic extremists even if the statements are critical of Islam as a whole.

ReligionJanuary 27, 2016

Faith and the 2016 Campaign

GOP contender Donald Trump is not widely viewed as religious, even among Republicans. And the share of Americans who say Hillary Clinton is not a religious person has risen sharply since she first ran for president eight years ago.

ReligionJanuary 27, 2016

5 key findings about faith and politics in the 2016 presidential race

Religion has long been entangled in America’s politics and its political campaigns.

ReligionOctober 5, 2015

California legalizes assisted suicide amid growing support for such laws

Two-thirds of Americans say doctors should be allowed by law to assist patients who are terminally ill and living in severe pain to commit suicide.

ReligionAugust 5, 2015

5 questions about the contraception mandate

The Obama administration has issued its final regulations governing how the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide contraception coverage applies to religiously affiliated nonprofits and businesses. But the announcement has done little to quell the objections of some religious groups. As the debate over the mandate continues, here are five questions and answers about the controversy.

Internet & TechJuly 17, 2015

5 facts about vaccines in the U.S.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation June 30 making it mandatory as of next July for children enrolled in public or private schools and day cares to be vaccinated, ending the state’s policy that allowed personal and religious exemptions to vaccine requirements.

ReligionJuly 16, 2015

Nearly all states allow religious exemptions for vaccinations

Forty-six states currently allow children to be exempt from vaccinations due to religious concerns, including 17 states that also allow exemptions for “personal reasons.”

ReligionJuly 13, 2015

Some major U.S. religious groups differ from their members on the death penalty

Many large religious groups have taken positions in opposition to the death penalty even though that stance is sometimes at odds with the opinions of their adherents.