Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.

ReligionMay 5, 2014

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.

ReligionApril 18, 2014

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.

GlobalApril 16, 2014

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.

Fact TankApril 16, 2014

Africans among the most morally opposed to contraception

Five sub-Saharan African nations – Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Senegal – rank among the nine countries with the most moral opposition to contraception

ReligionApril 14, 2014

Attending a Seder is common practice for American Jews

Percentage of U.S. Jews who say they participated in a Seder last year.

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ReligionApril 4, 2014

Religious Diversity Index Scores by Country

ReligionApril 4, 2014

Global Religious Diversity

A new report measures religious diversity by the percentage of each country’s population in eight categories — Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, the unaffiliated, folk religionists and members of other religions.

ReligionApril 4, 2014

U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversity

From a global perspective, the United States really is not all that religiously diverse.

ReligionMarch 17, 2014

Support for gay marriage up among black Protestants in last year, flat among white evangelicals

New Pew Research Center data from 2014 show that just within the past year, growing shares of some Christian groups favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

GlobalMarch 13, 2014

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.