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Eastern and Western Europeans Differ on Importance of Religion, Views of Minorities, and Key Social Issues


This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation.

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals: 

Research Team

Neha Sahgal, Associate Director of Research Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Scott Gardner, Senior Researcher Ariana Monique Salazar, Research Analyst Jonathan Evans, Research Analyst     Kelsey Jo Starr, Research Analyst               

Methodology Team

Patrick Moynihan, Associate Director, International Research Methods Martha McRoy, Research Methodologist

Editorial and Graphic Design

Michael Lipka, Editorial Manager Jeff Diamant, Senior Writer/Editor Aleksandra Sandstrom, Copy Editor   Bill Webster, Information Graphics Designer

Communications and Web Publishing

Stacy Rosenberg, Associate Director, Digital Travis Mitchell, Digital Producer Anna Schiller, Communications Manager                


Others at Pew Research Center who provided research guidance include Michael Dimock and James Bell.

This report is based on prior surveys reported in “Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe” and “Being Christian in Western Europe.” For these projects, Pew Research Center received valuable advice from outside advisers. See the acknowledgments sections of each report for details.

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