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.

Global Sep. 10, 2013

Muslims Concerned about Extremism

Across 11 Muslim publics surveyed, a median of 67% say they are somewhat or very concerned about Islamic extremism. Among these publics, extremist groups garner little popular support and clear majorities oppose violence in the name of Islam.

Fact Tank Sep. 6, 2013

Catholic leaders urge immigration reform

Some Catholic leaders have thrown their support behind changes in immigration laws, a position that is in line with the views of many U.S. Catholics.

Fact Tank Jul. 30, 2013

Before pope’s comments, Latin American Catholics expressed acceptance of homosexuality

Pope Francis made headlines yesterday in response to a question about the supposed “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The pope reportedly reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that while homosexual acts were sinful, orientation was not. But he added, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge […]

Fact Tank Jul. 24, 2013

Utah Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day

Nearly four-in-ten American Mormons live in Utah, home to 1% of the U.S. population.

Religion Jul. 18, 2013

Brazil’s Changing Religious Landscape

As Pope Francis prepares to celebrate World Youth Day in Brazil, an analysis of census data finds that the share of Brazilians who are Catholic has been dropping. The percentage of Brazilians who belong to Protestant churches, other religions or no religion has been growing.

Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2013

American Catholics want Pope Francis to address abuse scandal

As Pope Francis begins to address issues facing the church, Pew Research Center surveys of American Catholics finds that seven-in-ten think it’s important for the church to address the sex-abuse scandal.