Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.
U.S. Religious Landscape Survey: Religious Beliefs and Practices
A major survey confirms the close link between Americans’ religious affiliation, beliefs and practices, on the one hand, and their social and political attitudes, on the other. The social and political fault lines in American society run through, as well as alongside, religious traditions.
Many See Belief in God as Essential to Morality
In 22 of 40 countries surveyed, majorities think it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person, but this view is more common in poorer countries than in wealthier ones.
Religion in Latin America
Nearly 40% of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but many people in the region have converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, while some have left organized religion altogether.
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.
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Millennials are less religious than older Americans, but just as spiritual
Only about half of Millennials say they believe in God with absolute certainty, and four-in-ten say religion is very important in their lives.
Most Americans believe in heaven … and hell
72% of Americans believe in heaven, while 58% believe in hell.
7 facts about atheists
Here’s what we know about self-described atheists and their beliefs.
Americans’ faith in God may be eroding
The vast majority of Americans still believe in God, but there are strong signs that many are less certain about this belief than in years past.
A closer look at Seventh-day Adventists in America
Making up just 0.5% of U.S. adults, Seventh-day Adventists are extremely devout and are one of the country’s most diverse religious groups by race and ethnicity.
U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious
There has been a modest drop in overall rates of belief in God and participation in religious practices. But religiously affiliated Americans are as observant as before.
5 key findings about religiosity in the U.S. – and how it’s changing
Our new report finds that whether U.S. adults are becoming more or less religious depends, in part, on how religious observance is measured.
5 facts about Communion and American Catholics
Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on an enormous scale Sunday, with 2 million people expected to gather on a mile-long parkway in downtown Philadelphia. We gathered key facts about Communion and U.S. Catholics for the occasion.
Among Catholics, fewer Latinos than whites seek changes to the church
On a variety of issues – such as recognizing gay marriages and determining eligibility for Holy Communion – Latino Catholics tend to be more aligned with the church than are white Catholics.
A closer look at Catholics in Washington, New York and Philadelphia
On his first papal trip to the U. S., Pope Francis will visit three Northeastern cities that are within a few hundred miles of each other. But while New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., may be geographically close, their Catholic populations look different from one another in several ways.