Among U.S. adults who attend services a few times a year or more, 45% say they’re not sure whether their clergy are Democrats or Republicans.
Globally, women are younger than their male partners. They also are more likely to age alone and to live in single-parent households.
In Brazil – home to the world’s largest Catholic population – a majority of Catholics are in favor of allowing priests to marry.
Among the changes: Smartphones and social media became the norm, church attendance fell, and same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana gained support.
This Pew Research Center analysis harnesses computational techniques to identify, collect and analyze the sermons that U.S. churches livestream or share on their websites each week.
Globally, Muslims live in the biggest households, followed by Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Jews and the religiously unaffiliated.
Household size and composition often vary by religious affiliation, data from 130 countries and territories reveals. Muslims and Hindus have larger households than Christians and religious “nones,” influenced in part by regional norms.
Teens in the South express their religion in school more often than teens in other parts of the United States.
Catholics have less confidence in their clergy's advice than Protestants – and are less likely to claim a close relationship with clergy.
Americans agree that religion’s role in public life is ebbing. But while Republicans largely lament the trend, Democrats are split in their reactions.