Fact Tank Oct. 11, 2013

5 facts about the hajj

The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.

Fact Tank Oct. 10, 2013

A fifth of Mormons express doubts about some church teachings

A top Mormon leader recently made headlines this week when he acknowledged that past actions by church leaders may have contributed to doubts about church teachings. About one-in-five (22%) church memberssay they find some of the church’s teachings hard to believe.

Fact Tank Oct. 8, 2013

Big majority of Mormons (including women) oppose women in priesthood

Mormon leaders recently reaffirmed their position that women should not be eligible for the priesthood – a position supported by a majority of Mormons.

Fact Tank Oct. 7, 2013

‘You don’t have to be Jewish…’

A major new Pew Research Center survey of American Jews includes an analysis of the views and characteristics of non-Jewish people with a “Jewish affinity.”

Fact Tank Oct. 4, 2013

Most U.S. Jews believe two-state solution is possible, but many doubt leaders’ efforts are sincere

American Jews are skeptical that either Israeli or Palestinian leaders are making a sincere effort to reach a peace settlement.

Fact Tank Oct. 3, 2013

More white evangelicals than American Jews say God gave Israel to the Jewish people

A majority of white evangelicals believe God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people, compared with 40% of American Jews who believe the same.

Fact Tank Oct. 2, 2013

How many Jews are there in the United States?

The number of Jews in the U.S. depends on how one defines a Jew.

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Religion Oct. 1, 2013

Interactive: Jewish Population Calculator

A major new Pew Research Center survey illuminates the many different ways in which Americans may self-identify as Jewish or partially Jewish. Use the checkboxes in this interactive to calculate the size of the U.S. Jewish population based on different definitions of what it means to be Jewish.

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Religion Oct. 1, 2013

Interactive: Jewish Denominational Switching

A major new survey of U.S. Jews conducted by the Pew Research Center finds that within the three major denominational movements, most of the switching is in the direction of less-traditional Judaism.

Fact Tank Oct. 1, 2013

Jewish essentials: For most American Jews, ancestry and culture matter more than religion

Most American Jews say being Jewish is primarily a matter of ancestry and culture, not religious practice.