Pew Research CenterMarch 13, 2018

U.S. Catholics offer wide range of answers when asked about Francis’ most notable action as pope

About one-in-ten U.S. Catholics say Pope Francis’ most notable action has been showing humility and setting a good Christian example, while an equal share credited Francis with opening up the church and making it more accepting.

ReligionMarch 6, 2018

Pope Francis Still Highly Regarded in U.S., but Signs of Disenchantment Emerge

American Catholics continue to have a favorable opinion of Francis. Yet there are signs of growing disenchantment with the Argentine pontiff, particularly among Catholic Republicans.

Pew Research CenterMarch 6, 2018

6 facts about how U.S. Catholics see Pope Francis

As Pope Francis approaches the fifth anniversary of his papacy, read six facts about how American Catholics view the pope.

ReligionMarch 1, 2018

5 facts about U.S. evangelical Protestants

The Rev. Billy Graham, who recently died at age 99, was one of the most influential and important evangelical Christian leaders of the 20th century. As the country remembers Rev. Billy Graham, here are five facts about American evangelical Protestants.

ReligionJanuary 18, 2017

U.S. Catholics, non-Catholics continue to view Pope Francis favorably

In the U.S., Pope Francis remains as popular as ever, with seven-in-ten Americans saying their opinion of the pontiff is “very” or “mostly” favorable.

Fact TankNovember 17, 2016

Pope Francis shaping a College of Cardinals that is less European

Only three of the 13 voting members of the newest cardinal-designates (those younger than 80) are from Europe.

Fact TankOctober 18, 2016

Most Americans trust the military and scientists to act in the public’s interest

Three-quarters or more of Americans are confident in the military, medical scientists and scientists in general to act in the best interests of the public. But fewer than half report similar confidence in the news media, business leaders and elected officials.

Fact TankApril 19, 2016

Most U.S. Catholics rely heavily on their own conscience for moral guidance

Despite Pope Francis’ overwhelming popularity, few U.S. Catholics say they turn to the pope “a great deal” for guidance on difficult moral questions.

Fact TankApril 8, 2016

Pope’s proclamation, like views of U.S. Catholics, indicates openness to nontraditional families

Six-in-ten Catholics say the church should allow those who are divorced and have remarried without obtaining an annulment to receive Communion, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center Survey.

Fact TankMarch 2, 2016

Women relatively rare in top positions of religious leadership

We looked at nine major religious organizations in the U.S. that both ordain women and allow them to hold top leadership slots.