ReligionFebruary 23, 2016

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.

ReligionFebruary 12, 2016

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.

GlobalFebruary 11, 2016

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.

HispanicFebruary 10, 2016

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.

ReligionFebruary 3, 2016

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.

ReligionJanuary 21, 2016

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.

ReligionJanuary 8, 2016

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.

GlobalJanuary 7, 2016

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.

ReligionJanuary 6, 2016

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.

GlobalDecember 31, 2015

Your favorite Fact Tank data in 2015

From Millennials in the workforce to religion in America, our most popular posts told important stories about trends shaping our world.