Fact Tank Mar. 17, 2014

Support for gay marriage up among black Protestants in last year, flat among white evangelicals

New Pew Research Center data from 2014 show that just within the past year, growing shares of some Christian groups favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Religion Mar. 6, 2014

Catholics Say Pope Francis Is a Change for the Better

Pope Francis remains immensely popular among American Catholics and is widely seen as a force for positive change.

Religion Mar. 6, 2014

How U.S. Catholics View Pope Francis: In Their Own Words

Fully 85% of adult Catholics in the U.S. say they have a favorable view of Pope Francis. We wanted to understand a little more about the popularity of the pope, so we asked respondents if they would be willing to elaborate on their answers to our survey questions.

Fact Tank Jan. 17, 2014

Key findings about growing religious hostilities around the world

Highlights from the fifth annual Pew Research Center study of religious hostilities around the world.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2014

Q&A with author of U. Mich. study on preferred dress for women in Muslim countries

University of Michigan researcher Mansoor Moaddel explains the methods behind the survey and how the findings differ (or don’t) by gender, religion, age and education.

Religion Jan. 14, 2014

Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High

Religious hostilities increased in every major region of the world except the Americas. The sharpest increase was in the Middle East and North Africa, a region still feeling the effects of the Arab Spring. And China edged into the “high” category for the first time.

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Religion Jan. 14, 2014

Religious Restrictions in 25 Populous Countries

Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Pakistan and Burma (Myanmar) stand out as having the most restrictions on religion when both government restrictions and social hostilities are taken into account.

Fact Tank Jan. 8, 2014

How people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public

Even as publics in many of the surveyed Muslim-majority countries express a clear preference for women to dress conservatively, many also say women should be able to decide for themselves what to wear.

Religion Dec. 18, 2013

How Americans Celebrate Christmas and the Holidays

Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday.

Religion Nov. 21, 2013

Religious Groups’ Views on End-of-Life Issues

In these summaries, religious leaders, scholars and ethicists from 16 major American religious groups explain how their faith traditions’ teachings address physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia and other end-of-life questions.