U.S. PoliticsOctober 21, 2016

U.S. on track for fewest executions since 1991

With public support for the death penalty at its lowest point in more than four decades, the U.S. is on track for its fewest executions in a quarter century.

ReligionOctober 4, 2016

Deep divides between, within parties on public debates about LGBT issues

Contentious debates have emerged on whether wedding business must offer service to same-sex couples, and over use of public restrooms by transgender people.

ReligionSeptember 27, 2016

American and Israeli Jews: Twin Portraits From Pew Research Center Surveys

Pew Research Center has surveyed Jewish adults in Israel and the U.S. and has found deep bonds between them. Nevertheless, their experiences and perspectives are very different.

ReligionAugust 8, 2016

Many Americans Hear Politics From the Pulpit

As the political season transitioned from the primaries to the general election campaign, many American churchgoers were hearing at least some discussion of social and political issues from the pulpits at their houses of worship.

ReligionJuly 21, 2016

Churchgoing Republicans, once skeptical of Trump, now support him

Evangelicals and churchgoing Republicans were initially skeptical of Trump, but their support for him has now firmed up.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 13, 2016

Is treatment of minorities a key election issue? Views differ by race, party

Clinton backers are nearly twice as likely as those who support Donald Trump to say the treatment of minorities is very important to their 2016 decision (79% vs. 42%).

U.S. PoliticsMay 23, 2016

5 facts about how Americans view the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Far more Americans continue to sympathize more with Israel (54%) than with the Palestinians (19%) in the Middle East dispute, according to our recent foreign policy survey. And half of Americans (50%) think a way can be found for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully, while 42% say this is not possible. […]

ReligionMay 4, 2016

5 facts about prayer

For the National Day of Prayer, we rounded up survey data on Americans’ prayer habits, as well as historical instances of prayer intersecting with the government.

ReligionApril 8, 2016

On abortion, persistent divides between – and within – the two parties

As Americans await a decision in the Supreme Court’s first abortion case in years, a slim majority (56%) now think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. About four-in-ten (41%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. The balance of opinion on this issue has ticked back toward support for […]

ReligionApril 4, 2016

Trump has benefited from evangelicals’ support, but he’s not the first choice of the most committed

White evangelical Republicans who attend church regularly are most heavily concentrated in the Ted Cruz camp.