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Religion in Everyday Life
Highly religious Americans are happier, more involved with family and more likely to volunteer than the less religious. But they are no more likely to exercise, recycle or make socially conscious consumer choices.
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Hispanic teens enjoy religious activities with parents, but fewer view religion as ‘very important’
U.S. Hispanic teens are more likely than U.S. teens overall to identify as Catholic and say it’s necessary to believe in God to be moral.
10 key findings about the religious lives of U.S. teens and their parents
While teens in the United States take after their parents religiously in many ways, they stand out in some others.
U.S. Teens Take After Their Parents Religiously, Attend Services Together and Enjoy Family Rituals
American adolescents often participate at parents’ behest, and tend to be less religious in more personal, private ways.
Half of U.S. Christians say casual sex between consenting adults is sometimes or always acceptable
Among those who are religiously unaffiliated, meanwhile, the vast majority (84%) say casual sex is sometimes or always acceptable.
Will the coronavirus permanently convert in-person worshippers to online streamers? They don’t think so
Most U.S. adults say that they expect to go back to attending religious services in person as often as they did before the outbreak.
Republicans more open to in-person worship, but most oppose religious exemptions from COVID restrictions
Republicans and Democrats' opinions differ on many aspects of the outbreak, including views about religious practices during the pandemic.
Amid pandemic, Black and Hispanic worshippers more concerned about safety of in-person religious services
Black and Hispanic worshippers are less likely than their white counterparts to say they have gone to a house of worship recently.
The Global God Divide
A median of 45% across 34 surveyed countries say it is necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values. However, public opinion on this question, as well as the role of God, prayer and religion varies by country, region and economic development.
Before protests, black Americans said religious sermons should address race relations
Six-in-ten black adults say it is important for houses of worship to address “political topics such as immigration and race relations.”
Few Americans say their house of worship is open, but a quarter say their faith has grown amid pandemic
24% of U.S. adults overall say their faith has become stronger because of the coronavirus pandemic; just 2% say their faith has become weaker.
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