Polling and AnalysisJanuary 5, 2011

Faith on the Hill – The Religious Composition of the 112th Congress

The political overhaul of the U.S. Congress after the 2010 elections appears to have had little effect on the religious composition of the legislative body, which is similar to the religious makeup of the previous Congress and of the nation, according to an analysis by the Pew Forum.

PublicationsDecember 16, 2010

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us

The Pew Forum held a press luncheon with political science professors David Campbell and John Green on the topic of how religion both divides and unites Americans.

Polling and AnalysisNovember 29, 2010

Most Continue to Favor Gays Serving Openly in Military

As the Pentagon prepares to release its highly anticipated survey of military personnel about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, a Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans (58%) say they favor allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces.

Legal BackgrounderNovember 22, 2010

Proposition 8 on Trial: A Federal Court of Appeals Takes Up California’s Gay Marriage Ban

On Dec. 6, a federal appeals court in San Francisco will hear arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a voter-approved 2008 California ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Polling and AnalysisNovember 11, 2010

Post-Election Analysis: Politics in the Pulpit

A new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that compared with 2006, fewer voters encountered information on parties or candidates in their house of worship, and only 6% say they were contacted by religious groups about the election campaign.

Polling and AnalysisNovember 4, 2010

Indonesia’s Place Along the Spectrum of Global Religious Restriction

This analysis draws upon testimony on U.S. International Religious Freedom Policy: the Outlook for 2010, before the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, Feb. 3, 2010.

Polling and AnalysisNovember 3, 2010

Religion in the 2010 Elections: A Preliminary Look

A Pew Forum analysis of National Election Pool exit poll data reported by CNN shows that Republican gains among religious groups parallel the party’s broad-based gains among the overall electorate and white voters in particular.

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Polling and AnalysisOctober 21, 2010

Pre-Election Analysis: Politics in the Pulpit

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Legal BackgrounderOctober 19, 2010

In Brief: Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn and Arizona Department of Revenue v. Winn

On Nov. 3, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pair of related cases involving a constitutional challenge to an Arizona tax policy aimed at providing scholarships for children to attend private – often religious – schools.

PublicationsOctober 12, 2010

Can Civilization Survive Without God?

The Pew Forum invited brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens to address the question of whether civilization needs God.