Religion in the News: 2008
Religion reporting in 2008 clustered around big events such as the pope’s visit and stories tended to fade quickly from the headlines. Coverage gravitated toward controversies such as Obama’s relationship with Jeremiah Wright and clergy sex-abuse scandals.
Losing Wealth, Finding God?
Is the falling economy raising attendance at religious services?
Why Surveys of Muslim Americans Differ
Because Muslim Americans make up a very small percentage of the U.S. public, it is difficult to provide a reliable picture of their views and differences in survey design can crucially affect findings.
How the Media Covered Religion
Religion played a much more significant role in press treatment of Obama than of McCain during the 2008 campaign, but much of the coverage related to false yet persistent rumors that Obama is a Muslim.
Xenophobia on the Continent
A growing minority of citizens in several European countries holds unfavorable opinions of Jews. Negative views of Israel, sympathy with the Palestinian cause, rising anti-Americanism, and a backlash against globalization and immigration all play a role in this trend.
Unfavorable Views of Both Jews and Muslims Increase in Europe
Publics that view Jews unfavorably also tend to see Muslims in a negative light. However, the trend in negative views toward Muslims in Europe has occurred over a longer period of time than recently growing anti-Semitic sentiment.
Palin Nomination Puts Spotlight on Pentecostalism
From the time she was a teenager until 2002, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attended a Pentecostal church , a denomination that emphasizes such practices as speaking in tongues, prophesying, divine healing and other miraculous signs of the Holy Spirit.
Religion in America: Non-Dogmatic, Diverse and Politically Relevant
The second major report on the U.S. religious landscape finds that most Americans do not believe their religion is the only way to salvation. This openness to other religious viewpoints is in line with the nation’s great diversity of affiliation, belief and practice as documented in a survey of more than 35,000 Americans.
Pope Benedict’s Image Improves Following U.S. Visit
Currently, 61% of Americans say they have a favorable impression of the pontiff, up from 52% in late March, while views of his outreach to other faiths have also shown substantial improvement.
On Eve Of Visit, Pope Benedict Still Unknown to Many Americans
A new poll finds 30% of Americans know little about the pontiff. The pope’s efforts to reach out to other faiths receive mixed reviews overall but strong support among observant Catholics.