Conservatives continue to oppose same-sex marriage but by smaller margins
Support for same-sex marriage has been growing in recent years, with half (50%) of Americans now in favor and 43% opposed.
A Portrait of Jewish Americans
American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion.
Nairobi Westgate mall terrorist attack is part of Kenya’s sharp rise in religious hostilities
The number of people killed in religion-related terrorist attacks in Kenya has dramatically increased in recent years.
Headscarf incident in Sudan highlights a global trend
Sudan is one of an increasing number of countries whose governments regulate the wearing of religious symbols or attire, such as head coverings for women or facial hair for men.
Study: Religious people more likely to reject the idea that life has no purpose
Numerous studies have shown that people who are religious are happier in life. Now, a new study has found those who believe in God with no doubts are more likely to strongly disagree with the idea that life does not have meaning. Stephen Cranney of the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania recently […]
American Catholics want Pope Francis to address abuse scandal
As Pope Francis begins to address issues facing the church, Pew Research Center surveys of American Catholics finds that seven-in-ten think it’s important for the church to address the sex-abuse scandal.
The Growth of the Nonreligious
About half of Americans say the growing number of “people who are not religious” is bad for American society. And two-thirds of Americans – affiliated and unaffiliated alike – say religion is losing its influence in Americans’ lives.
Egypt’s restrictions on religion coincide with lack of religious tolerance
In Egypt, the government’s restrictions on religion also are coupled with a Muslim public that is considerably less tolerant of religious pluralism than Muslims elsewhere.
Canada’s Changing Religious Landscape
A new Pew Research Center analysis of Canadian census and survey data finds that more Canadians belong to minority faiths than ever before. In addition, the number of Canadians with no religious affiliation has been rising, and attendance at religious services has been dropping.
How LGBT adults see society and how the public sees them
Two Pew Research Center surveys — one of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and the other of the American public — found a common thread: that society as a whole has become more accepting of gays and lesbians.