See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.
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.
Hispanic Millennials are less religious than older U.S. Hispanics
A new survey on religious trends among U.S. Hispanics finds that Hispanic Millennials mirror young American adults overall in their lower rates of religious affiliation and commitment compared with their older counterparts.
Supreme Court affirms town council’s right to prayer
The Supreme Court brought some clarity to the role of prayer in civic life today by reaffirming that prayer before legislative bodies is not only constitutional, but that it can contain Christian and other faith-specific language. At the same time, today’s 5-4 ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway largely upheld existing case law rather than significantly breaking new ground.
When Easter and Christmas near, more Americans search online for “church”
More Americans search for “church” around Easter than at any other time, with the Christmas season usually ranking second, according to Google Trends data.
Europeans hold more liberal views on moral issues
Europeans are consistently more liberal than Latin Americans, Asians, Africans, and Middle Easterners when it comes to judging what things are morally acceptable or not.