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.

Religion Oct. 1, 2013

A Portrait of Jewish Americans

American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion.

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

Majority of U.S. Catholics’ opinions run counter to church on contraception, homosexuality

Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say the church should permit birth control, about half favor same-sex marriage and just a third (33%) say homosexual behavior is a sin.

Fact Tank Sep. 13, 2013

What surveys say about worship attendance – and why some stay home

This Sunday is “National Back to Church Sunday,” a coordinated effort by more than 20,000 churches of various Christian denominations to reach out to people who rarely attend worship services. The percentage of Americans who say they “seldom” or “never” attend religious services (aside from weddings and funerals) has risen modestly in the past decade. […]

Religion Sep. 12, 2013

U.S. Catholics Give Pope Francis Favorable Ratings

Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis is rated favorably by 79% of U.S. Catholics. Just 4% say they have an unfavorable view of the pope, while 17% express no opinion or say they have not heard enough about Francis to have an opinion.

Fact Tank Sep. 11, 2013

Abercrombie hijab firing highlights Muslim concern about discrimination

A federal judge ruled this week that the clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim employee in San Mateo, Calif., for wearing a headscarf. About six-in-ten Muslim American women (59%) say they wear the headcover (or hijab) at least some of the time, including 36% who say they wear it whenever they are in public.

Fact Tank Sep. 10, 2013

In Pakistan, most say Ahmadis are not Muslim

Anti-Ahmadi sentiment runs high in Pakistan, where two in three Pakistani Muslims say Ahmadis are not Muslim.