Family is the most common source of meaning in America, but economic, religious and political divides shape where people find meaning in other aspects of life.
White evangelical or born-again Christians backed GOP candidates for the House at about the same rate in 2014. Religious "nones" and Jewish voters again largely backed Democratic candidates.
Many more U.S. Muslims identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party than the GOP (66% vs. 13%), but the share who are Republican has held steady over the last 10 years, including after the election of President Donald Trump.
Today, 58% of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 37% think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.
Pope Francis has changed the Catholic Church’s teaching to fully oppose the death penalty. Read key facts about the death penalty in the U.S. and abroad.
While white Democrats are less likely to be religious than Republicans, nonwhite Democrats more closely resemble Republicans overall on certain religious measures.
While Muslims born in the United States and their immigrant counterparts share a pride in being American, U.S.-born Muslims are less likely than immigrants to feel comfortable with their place in broader American society.
God or the divine is mentioned at least once in each of the 50 state constitutions and nearly 200 times overall.
About three-quarters of Muslim Americans say Trump is unfriendly toward them, and just 19% say they approve of the job Trump is doing as president.
Religion has reasserted itself as an important part of individual and national identity in a region that was once dominated by atheist communist regimes.