U.S. Politics May. 6, 2008

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.

Religion May. 6, 2008

American Evangelicalism: New Leaders, New Faces, New Issues

Scholar Michael Lindsay argues that the deep divisions in the movement are not between the political left and right, or the young and old, but between “cosmopolitan” and “populist” evangelicals.

Religion May. 1, 2008

Religion in China on the Eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympics

A watching world may find religious belief unexpectedly widespread in a communist country.

Religion Apr. 25, 2008

Obama’s Catholic Voter Problem?

Hillary Clinton won the Catholic vote in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary by more than a two-to-one margin, repeating a pattern among religious voters similar to those seen in other states. Does this have implications for the May 6 contests in Indiana and North Carolina?

Religion Apr. 3, 2008

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.

Global Apr. 1, 2008

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.

Religion Mar. 27, 2008

A Portrait of American Catholics on the Eve of Pope Benedict’s Visit

When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the U.S. on April 15, he will be greeted by a flock that is undergoing rapid ethnic and demographic changes.

Religion Feb. 25, 2008

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Reveals a Fluid and Diverse Pattern of Faith

A new survey including interviews with more than 35,000 Americans finds that more than one-quarter of adults (28%) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion — or no religion at all.

Religion Feb. 8, 2008

Does McCain Need Evangelical Voters?

Sizeable numbers of white evangelical Protestants are already part of McCain’s coalition despite opposition from some religious conservatives. On the Democratic side, Clinton will need to mobilize black Protestants while Obama has not connected with Jewish voters.

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Religion Feb. 1, 2008

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.