Religion Feb. 29, 2012

Religion and the 2012 Republican Primaries: Arizona and Michigan

The vote in the GOP presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona continued a pattern where Mitt Romney’s support was weaker among born-again/evangelical voters than among non-evangelicals while Rick Santorum received his strongest support from evangelicals.

U.S. Politics Feb. 27, 2012

Public Views of the Divide between Religion and Politics

Recent comments by presidential candidate Rick Santorum have brought renewed attention to the role of religion in politics. In both 2010 and 2008, narrow majorities said that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of political matters rather than express their views on social and political questions.

Religion Feb. 6, 2012

Religion and the 2012 Nevada Republican Caucuses

Romney’s win included overwhelming support from Mormons and strong support from Catholic voters. He also won among white born-again/evangelical Protestants, though his support from that group continues to be somewhat more tepid than among non-evangelicals.

Religion Feb. 2, 2012

Trends in Party Identification of Religious Groups

The share of voters identifying with or leaning toward the GOP has either grown or held steady in every major religious group, according to a new analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Religion Feb. 1, 2012

Religion and the 2012 Florida Republican Primary

In his commanding win in the 2012 Florida Republican primary, Mitt Romney received strong support from Catholics and from voters who do not describe themselves as white born-again/evangelical Christians, according to results from the National Election Pool exit poll.

Religion Jan. 23, 2012

Religion and the 2012 South Carolina Republican Primary

In his South Carolina Republican primary win, Newt Gingrich received strong support from born-again/evangelical Christians and from voters who said that it is important to them that a candidate shares their religious beliefs.

Religion Jan. 11, 2012

Religion and the 2012 New Hampshire Republican Primary

Mitt Romney — who won the overall New Hampshire vote by a double-digit margin — was the winner among born-again evangelical Christians as well as among non-evangelical voters.

Religion Jan. 4, 2012

Religion and the 2012 Iowa Republican Caucuses

Polling conducted as voters entered the 2012 Iowa caucuses shows a clear split between born-again evangelical Christians, who favored Rick Santorum, and other voters, who favored Mitt Romney.

U.S. Politics Nov. 23, 2011

Romney’s Mormon Faith Likely a Factor in Primaries, Not in a General Election

About half of all voters, and 60% of evangelical Republicans, know that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. The former Massachusetts governor’s religion has implications for his nomination run, but not for the general election should he be nominated as his party’s standard bearer.

Religion Nov. 21, 2011

Lobbying for the Faithful

The number of organizations engaged in religious lobbying or religion-related advocacy in Washington, D.C. has increased roughly fivefold in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. A new study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life examines the agenda, strategy, religious affiliation and structure of 212 religious advocacy groups operating in the nation’s capital.