March 21, 2012
New Pew Research Center Survey: More Americans See “Too Much” Religious Talk by Politicians
A new national survey by the Pew Research Center for
the People & the Press and the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion
& Public Life finds signs of public uneasiness with the mixing of religion
and politics. The number of people who say there has been too much religious
talk by political leaders stands at an all-time high since the Pew Research
Center began asking the question more than a decade ago. And most Americans
continue to say that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of
March 08, 2012
New Pew Forum Study Explores Religious Makeup of Immigrants
A new report on religion and international migration by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that Christians comprise nearly half – an estimated 106 million, or 49% – of the world’s 214 million international migrants. According to the study, Faith on the Move: The Religious Affiliation of International Migrants, Muslims make up the second-largest group – almost 60 million, or 27%. The remaining quarter are a mix of Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, adherents of other faiths and the religiously unaffiliated (those who identify as atheists and agnostics or say they have no particular religion).
January 12, 2012
New Poll: Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Surveys Mormons in America
With Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, Jr. vying for the GOP presidential nomination, a popular Broadway musical about Mormons, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) running an extensive television campaign featuring ordinary Mormons, many say that America is in the midst of a “Mormon moment.” But how do Mormons themselves, who make up nearly 2% of the U.S. public, feel about the media spotlight, the election campaign and their place in America?
January 06, 2012
New Pew Forum Survey of Mormons in America
In a 10 a.m. EST conference call for journalists on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life will discuss the findings from a major new comprehensive survey, Mormons in America: Certain in Their Beliefs but Uncertain of Their Place in Society.
December 19, 2011
New Pew Forum Study Estimates Global Christian Population at 2.18 Billion
With Christmas fast approaching, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life published a new comprehensive demographic report on the size and distribution of the world’s Christian population. The study finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages in more than 200 countries around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 6.9 billion 2010 global population. Christians are so geographically widespread that no single continent or region can indisputably claim to be the center of global Christianity.
December 15, 2011
New Pew Forum Report Estimates the Size and Distribution of the Worldwide Christian Population
In a noon EST conference call for journalists on Monday, Dec. 19,
2011, the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life will
discuss the findings contained in its new study, Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population, which offers the most current and fully sourced estimates of the worldwide Christian population as of 2010.
November 23, 2011
New Poll on Religion and the Election 2012: Romney’s Mormon Faith Likely a Factor in Primaries, Not in a General Election
A new national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew
Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that white evangelical
Protestants — a key element of the GOP electoral base — are more
inclined than the public as a whole to view Mormonism as a non-Christian
faith. And this view is linked to opinions about Mitt Romney:
Republicans who say Mormonism is not a Christian religion are less
likely to support Romney for the GOP nomination and offer a less
favorable assessment of him generally.
November 21, 2011
New Pew Forum Report Analyzes Washington’s Religious Advocacy Community
number of organizations engaged in religious lobbying or religion-related
advocacy in Washington, D.C., has increased roughly fivefold in the past four
decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today, according to a new
study on religious advocacy groups released today by the Pew Research Center’s
Forum on Religion & Public Life.
August 30, 2011
New Pew Research Center Survey Finds Moderate Attitudes Among Muslim Americans
As the 10th anniversary of the
9/11 attacks approaches, a comprehensive public opinion survey by the Pew
Research Center finds no indication of increased alienation or anger among
Muslim Americans in response to concerns about home-grown Islamic terrorists,
controversies about the building of mosques and other pressures on this
high-profile minority group in recent years. Nor does the new polling provide
any evidence of rising support for Islamic extremism among Muslim Americans.
August 09, 2011
New Pew Forum Report Analyzes Religious Restrictions Around the World
2.2 billion people, nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population of 6.9
billion, live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or
social hostilities involving religion rose substantially between mid-2006 and
mid-2009, according to a new study on global restrictions on religion released
today by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Only
about 1% of the world’s population lives in countries where government restrictions
or social hostilities declined.
June 22, 2011
New Pew Forum Survey Explores Views of Evangelical Protestant Leaders Around the World
In a new survey
by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, most evangelical
Protestant leaders who live in the Global South (58%) say that evangelical
Christians are gaining influence on life in their countries. By contrast, most leaders who live in the Global North (66%)
say that, in the societies in which they live, evangelicals are losing
influence. U.S. evangelical leaders are especially downbeat about the prospects
for evangelical Christianity in their society; 82% say evangelicals are losing
influence in the United States today, while only 17% think evangelicals are
January 27, 2011
New Pew Forum Report Projects Global Muslim Population To Increase Approximately 35% in Next 20 Years
The world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by about 35% in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion by 2030, according to a new, comprehensive report released today by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life on the size, distribution and growth of the Muslim population. The study is part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, an effort funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation to analyze religious change and its impact on societies around the world.
September 28, 2010
New Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Survey Explores Religious Knowledge in the U.S.
Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring
groups on a new survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Research
Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, outperforming evangelical
Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the
core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.
August 18, 2010
New Pew Research Center Survey Reveals Growing Number of Americans Who Say Barack Obama is a Muslim
A new national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People &
the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that a
substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a
Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined. More
than a year and a half into his presidency, a plurality of the public
says they do not know what religion Obama follows.