14 striking findings from 2014
In 2014, Pew Research Center published more than 150 reports and some 600 blog posts. Here are 14 facts we found particularly striking, as they illustrate some major shifts in our politics, society, habits or families.
Most Say Religious Holiday Displays on Public Property Are OK
A majority of Americans believe the historical accuracy of the biblical Christmas story and also look forward to gathering with friends and family for the holidays.
Conflicts continue over nativity scenes on public property
Most Americans favor allowing religious displays like nativity scenes to be placed on government property.
Pope Francis’ Image Positive in Much of World
Pope Francis, leader of the world’s nearly 1.1 billion Catholics, enjoys broad support across much of the globe. A median of 60% across 43 nations have a favorable view of the pontiff.
On religion, Mexicans are more Catholic and often more traditional than Mexican Americans
Majorities of both groups self-identify as Catholic, but the percentage of Catholics is 20 percentage points higher among Mexicans (81%) than among Mexican Americans (61%).
Different destinations for U.S. Hispanics, Latin Americans who leave Catholic Church
The share of U.S. Hispanics and Latin Americans who are Catholic is declining, but the two groups are making different religious choices after leaving the church.
Why has Pentecostalism grown so dramatically in Latin America?
Tens of millions of Latin Americans have left the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades and embraced Pentecostal Christianity.
Religion and Morality in Latin America
Even though Catholic Church teaching forbids behaviors like suicide and homosexuality, Protestants across Latin America are more likely than Catholics to see many issues as morally unacceptable.
7 key takeaways about religion in Latin America
A new Pew Research Center survey of 18 Latin American countries and Puerto Rico asked people about their religious affiliation, beliefs and practices.
Religion in Latin America
Nearly 40% of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but many people in the region have converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, while some have left organized religion altogether.