See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.
Supreme Court to decide whether inmates have religious right to grow beards
The court will determine whether prison officials may prohibit or limit a Muslim inmate from growing a beard, which many Muslims believe is required by their faith.
Many religions heavily concentrated in one or two countries
Half of the world’s population lives in just six countries. But in many cases, the world’s major religious groups are even more concentrated.
U.S. nuns face shrinking numbers and tensions with the Vatican
The total number of nuns, also called religious sisters, in the United States has fallen from roughly 180,000 in 1965 to about 50,000 in 2014 – a 72% drop over those 50 years.
Kaiser: Americans’ views of Hobby Lobby ruling are evenly divided
The U.S. public is evenly split in its view of the Supreme Court decision ruling that some for-profit corporations have religious rights and can opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
In 30 countries, heads of state must belong to a certain religion
A new Pew Research analysis finds that 30 of the world’s countries (15%) belong to a unique group of nations that call for their heads of state to have a particular religious affiliation.
How many people of different faiths do you know?
A Pew Research Center survey shows how many people in religious groups know other people of different religions.
U.S. evangelical Christians are chilly toward atheists – and the feeling is mutual
U.S. Christians, as a whole, express negative feelings toward atheists, and the chilliness is reciprocated, according to a Pew Research survey on how Americans rate eight religious groups.
How Americans Feel About Religious Groups
When asked to rate religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100, Americans rate Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians warmly and atheists and Muslims more coldly.
The Hobby Lobby decision and the future of religious-liberty rights
The Supreme Court expanded the scope of religious liberty rights in a decision that said some for-profit business could opt out of the health care law’s contraception coverage mandate. But the decision was limited to closely-held business.
Latinos in the U.S. have a strong belief in the spirit world
More than half (57%) of Latinos in the U.S. said that people can be possessed by spirits, and 44% said magic, sorcery or witchcraft can influence people’s lives.