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.

Religion Nov. 16, 2011

Religion and Politics: Profiles of the 2012 President Candidates and Their Beliefs

Profiles of the religious backgrounds and beliefs of the 2012 presidential candidates.

Religion Aug. 9, 2011

Rising Restrictions on Religion

More than 2.2 billion people — nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population of 6.9 billion — live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially between mid-2006 and mid-2009.

U.S. Politics Jul. 5, 2011

Are Republicans Ready Now for a Mormon President?

An important group within the Republican base, white evangelical Protestants, is more uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon candidate than are other Republicans.

Religion Mar. 31, 2011

Churches in Court

American religious institutions have been at the center of many legal controversies in recent years. These and related lawsuits raise complex constitutional questions that have been troubling American courts for more than a century. Are legal disputes involving churches and other religious institutions constitutionally different from those involving their secular counterparts, and if so, how?

U.S. Politics Mar. 9, 2011

Continuing Divide in Views of Islam and Violence

The public remains divided over whether Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers. Political and ideological divisions are wide, though. Most conservatives and Tea Party supporters link Islam with violence.