Religion Sep. 20, 2012

Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion

Three-quarters of the world’s approximately 7 billion people now live in countries with high government restrictions on religion or high social hostilities involving religion, up from 70% a year earlier.

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Religion Aug. 30, 2012

Slideshow: Mormonism in the 2012 Election

A new slideshow highlights recent Pew Research Center data on voters’ views of the Mormon religion and Mormons’ opinions on their place in society.

U.S. Politics Jun. 4, 2012

Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years

Americans values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years. Party has now become the single largest fissure in American society, with the values gap between Republicans and Democrats greater than gender, age, race or class divides.

Religion Mar. 22, 2012

Religion in Prisons

Professional prison chaplains see America’s state penitentiaries as places bustling with religious activity, ranging from efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates to religious switching by prisoners, according to a survey of chaplains in all 50 states.

Religion Mar. 15, 2012

Mormons and Civic Life

With a Mormon candidate in the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, there has been intense media, academic and public interest in Mormons and their religion. The Pew Forum recently held a roundtable discussion with journalists, scholars and policy experts on some of the latest research on Mormons and their place in American society […]

Religion Mar. 8, 2012

Faith on the Move

There are an estimated 214 million people who have migrated across international borders as of 2010. Almost half of the migrants are Christians while a little over a quarter of them are Muslims. The vast majority end up immigrating to a relatively few areas — North America, Europe, Australia and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

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Religion Mar. 8, 2012

Map: Faith on the Move

Select one of 231 countries or the global view and choose “into” or “out of” to see a snapshot of how many people have migrated to and from the country as of 2010.

Religion Feb. 23, 2012

Religion in the News

The biggest religion stories of 2011 involved tensions over Islam and questions about faith in presidential politics, especially Mormonism, according to a study of news coverage by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2012

Public Divided Over Birth Control Insurance Mandate

Americans are closely divided over whether religiously-affiliated institutions should be given an exemption if they object to a proposed federal rule requiring employers to cover birth control as part of their health care benefits.

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Religion Jan. 12, 2012

Infographic: Mormons in America

A poster-style infographic highlights U.S. Mormons’ political views and other key findings from the Pew Forum’s new report, Mormons in America.