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Feb. 3, 2016

Republicans Prefer Blunt Talk About Islamic Extremism, Democrats Favor Caution

Half of Americans say the next president should be careful not to criticize Islam as a whole when speaking about Islamic extremists, while four-in-ten want the next president to speak bluntly about Islamic extremists even if the statements are critical of Islam as a whole.

Among presidential candidates, Trump seen as least religious
Jan. 27, 2016

Faith and the 2016 Campaign

GOP contender Donald Trump is not widely viewed as religious, even among Republicans. And the share of Americans who say Hillary Clinton is not a religious person has risen sharply since she first ran for president eight years ago.

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Nov. 3, 2015

U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious

There has been a modest drop in overall rates of belief in God and participation in religious practices. But religiously affiliated Americans are as observant as before.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24:  Pope Francis is applauded by members of Congress as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Pope Francis is the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress and will finish his tour of Washington later today before traveling to New York City. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Oct. 7, 2015

Positive Impact of Pope Francis on Views of the Church, Especially Among Democrats and Liberals

Pope Francis has generated goodwill toward the Catholic Church among many Americans across the political spectrum. But Democrats and liberals are especially likely to say they have a more positive view of the Church because of Francis.

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Sep. 2, 2015

U.S. Catholics Open to Non-Traditional Families

When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S., he will find a Catholic public that is remarkably accepting of a variety of non-traditional families, according to a new survey on family life, sexuality and Catholic identity.

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Aug. 26, 2015

A Portrait of American Orthodox Jews

Compared with most other Jewish Americans, Orthodox Jews on average are younger, get married earlier and have bigger families. They also tend to be more religiously observant and more socially and politically conservative.

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Jun. 26, 2015

Gay Marriage Around the World

A fact sheet provides an overview of the situation in the nations where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide as well as countries that allow it in certain jurisdictions.

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Jun. 16, 2015

Catholics Divided Over Global Warming

A solid majority of U.S. Catholics believe that Earth is warming. But climate change is a highly politicized issue that sharply divides American Catholics, like the U.S. public as a whole, mainly along political party lines.

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Mar. 5, 2015

In U.S., Pope’s Popularity Continues to Grow

Nearly two years into his papacy, Pope Francis continues to be widely popular: Seven-in-ten Americans view him favorably, including 90% of U.S. Catholics.

The Religious Makeup of the 114th Congress
Jan. 5, 2015

Faith on the Hill

More than nine-in-ten members of the newly elected 114th Congress are Christian — a significantly higher share than is seen in the general population. However, many other major religious groups are represented in the body, including Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and the unaffiliated.