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.
America’s Catholics Occupy a Unique Place in the World of Religion
U.S. Catholics occupy something of a middle ground between their more religious fellow Catholics in the developing world, and the less devout of Europe.
Database: U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
An extensive survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious makeup, beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public. This online feature includes dynamic tools — maps, graphs and charts — that complement the full report.
Public Opinion About Mormons
Mitt Romney’s speech discussing the role of religion in American politics addressed a public among which many harbor doubts about his Mormon faith.
Religion and Secularism: The American Experience
Professor Wilfred McClay argues that America’s particular brand of secularism, together with some features of Christianity, have produced a unique if imperfect mingling of religion and government in the country’s public life.
Faith and the Public Dialogue: A Conversation with Sen. John Kerry
At a Pew Forum event, the Massachusetts Democrat candidly discusses the propriety of public inquiry into politicians’ religious beliefs and lessons learned from his 2004 presidential bid.
Turkey and Its (Many) Discontents
Turkey is a key strategic U.S. ally but negative views of America are widespread and growing there. Turks also have low opinions of many other nations and groups.
Trends in Attitudes Toward Religion and Social Issues: 1987-2007
As the ’08 elections approach, what are the views of Republicans, Democrats and the general public on “social values” issues? And how have they changed over time?
World Publics Welcome Global Trade — But Not Immigration
A 47-nation survey finds broad support for the key tenets of economic globalization, including free trade, multinational corporations and free markets. Yet concerns exist about inequality, threats to traditional culture, threats to the environment and threats posed by immigration.
Public Expresses Mixed Views of Islam, Mormonism
The Muslim and Mormon religions have gained increasing national visibility in recent years. Yet most Americans say they know little or nothing about either religion’s practices, and large majorities say that their own religion is very different from Islam and the Mormon religion. At the same time, overall evaluations of Mormons and Muslim Americans are on balance positive.