Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.
Both Sides See Gay Marriage as ’Inevitable’
As support for gay marriage continues to increase, nearly three-quarters of Americans say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is inevitable, including majorities on both sides of the issue.
The World’s Muslims
A new global survey of Muslims shows they are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.
TEDx: How Pew Research Studies Religious Freedom
Senior Researcher Brian J. Grim talks about the Pew Research Center’s restrictions on religion studies at the April 2013 TEDx ViaDellaConciliazione conference at the Vatican.
Infographic: The World’s Muslims
Highlights from the report “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society”
The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society
A new survey report looks at attitudes among Muslims in 39 countries on a wide range of topics, from science to sharia, polygamy to popular culture. The survey finds that overwhelming percentages of Muslims in many countries want Islamic law to be the official law of their land, but there is also widespread support for democracy and religious freedom.
Graphic: American Hindus To Celebrate a New Year
While the exact date of the Hindu New Year varies by region and custom, many Hindus celebrate in mid-April with traditional meals and activities at home and in temples.
Graphic: U.S. Christians’ Views on the Return of Christ
According to a 2010 Pew Research Center survey, roughly half (48%) of Christians in the U.S. say they believe that Christ will definitely (27%) or probably (20%) return to earth in the next 40 years.
“Strong” Catholic Identity at a Four-Decade Low
The percentage of U.S. Catholics who consider themselves “strong” members of the Roman Catholic Church has never been lower than it was in 2012. The decline is starker when compared with Protestants.
Religious Observance Among European Catholics Holds Steady
Pope Benedict XVI was dedicated to combating secularization, but there was no marked resurgence of faith in Europe.
U.S. Catholics Divided On Church’s Direction Under New Pope
Three-quarters of American Catholics have a favorable view of Pope Benedict XVI, but many also express a desire for change.