U.S. religious groups and their political leanings
Mormons are the most heavily Republican-leaning religious group in the U.S., while a pair of major historically black Protestant denominations are two of the most reliably Democratic groups.
Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians
Most of the U.S. presidents have been openly religious, with many belonging to some of the country’s most prominent Protestant denominations. The next largest group of presidents were affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
Concern for Christians in the Middle East helps drive historic meeting between Catholic, Orthodox leaders
A historic event within global Christianity is set to take place Friday as Pope Francis meets Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba – the first-ever meeting between the leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches since the Orthodox tradition broke away from Catholicism nearly 1,000 years ago.
A snapshot of Catholics in Mexico, Pope Francis’ next stop
Mexico is home to not only the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, but one of the biggest Catholic populations, too.
Republicans Prefer Blunt Talk About Islamic Extremism, Democrats Favor Caution
Half of Americans say the next president should be careful not to criticize Islam as a whole when speaking about Islamic extremists, while four-in-ten want the next president to speak bluntly about Islamic extremists even if the statements are critical of Islam as a whole.
Americans may be getting less religious, but feelings of spirituality are on the rise
The phrase “spiritual but not religious” has become widely used in recent years by some Americans who are trying to describe their religious identity.
Q&A: Why Millennials are less religious than older Americans
We sat down with Michael Hout, a professor of sociology at New York University, to examine possible reasons.
The Middle East’s sectarian divide on views of Saudi Arabia, Iran
The tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are often characterized as sectarian, and public attitudes toward the two countries in five Middle Eastern nations surveyed bear this out.
A new estimate of the U.S. Muslim population
Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. This means that Muslims made up about 1% of the total U.S. population.
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