Religion Aug. 9, 2012

The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity

A new survey of Muslims conducted in 39 countries sheds new light on beliefs and practices across the globe.

Religion Aug. 6, 2012

How Many U.S. Sikhs?

The August 5 shootings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., left six dead and many questions about the motives behind the tragedy. News coverage of the event has focused on why the alleged gunman targeted people at the Sikh Temple and has turned attention to the Sikh community, a religious group with a […]

U.S. Politics Aug. 1, 2012

Catholics Share Bishops’ Concerns about Religious Liberty

Catholics who are aware of U.S. bishops’ concerns about restrictions on religious liberty generally agree with the bishops’ concerns, according to a new report. Yet there are no significant differences in presidential vote preferences between Catholic voters who have heard and those who have not heard about the bishops’ protests against government policies they see as restrictive of religious liberty.

Religion Jul. 26, 2012

Little Voter Discomfort with Romney’s Mormon Religion

A new Pew Research Center poll finds that voters have limited awareness of Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith and Barack Obama’s religion. And there is little evidence to suggest that concerns about the candidates’ respective faiths will have a meaningful impact in the 2012 fall elections.

Religion Jul. 19, 2012

Asian Americans and Religion

As their numbers rise, Asian Americans have been largely responsible for the growth of non-Abrahamic faiths in the U.S., particularly Buddhism and Hinduism. At the same time, most Asian Americans belong to the country’s two largest religious groups: Christians and people who say they have no particular religious affiliation.

Global Jul. 10, 2012

Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms and Islam in Political Life

More than a year after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, there continues to be a strong desire for democracy in Arab and other predominantly Muslim nations. A substantial number in key Muslim countries also want a large role for Islam in political life. Meanwhile, few think the U.S. favors democracy in the Middle East.

Religion Jun. 22, 2012

Global Survey of Evangelical Protestant Leaders

A survey of participants in the Third Lausanne Congress of World Evangelization offers a detailed portrait of the beliefs and practices of this group of global evangelical leaders. It finds, a high degree of consensus on some core theological matters, such as the belief that Christianity is the “one, true faith leading to eternal life,” but it also finds a number of subjects on which evangelical leaders are divided.

Religion Jun. 15, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Religious Biography

Part of a series of profiles of the 2012 presidential candidates and their religious beliefs.

Religion Apr. 4, 2012

Romney Split White Evangelical Voters with Santorum in Tuesday Primaries

In winning the Wisconsin and Maryland GOP presidential primaries on Tuesday, Mitt Romney ran neck-and-neck with Rick Santorum among white born-again/evangelical voters, while Romney was the clear favorite of non-evangelical voters.

Religion Mar. 26, 2012

Religion and the 2012 Louisiana Republican Primary

In winning the Louisiana GOP presidential primary, Rick Santorum won the majority of votes cast by white evangelical/born-again Christians, people who attend worship services weekly and voters who say it is at least somewhat important to have a candidate who shares their religious beliefs. He also won a clear victory among Catholic voters for the first time this primary season.