Religion and Public Life

One of the most debated issues facing America today is the role that faith and religion should play in society. The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project seeks to promote a deeper understanding of the issues raised by the intersection of religion and public affairs.

The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project acts as a research organization, a clearinghouse for gathering and sharing information and a “town hall,” providing a neutral venue for discussion. Launched in 2001, the forum delivers timely, impartial research to political leaders, journalists, scholars and public interest groups.

The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project has four areas of research:

  • Religion and politics—the influence of religion and religious organizations on political behavior, including voting and campaigns.
  • Religion and the law—church-state controversies such as recent Supreme Court battles over the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance and school vouchers.
  • Religion and domestic policy—public policy debates on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, stem-cell research and faith-based initiatives.
  • Religion and world affairs—the role religion plays in the international arena, with a focus on U.S. foreign policy.

As a non-advocacy organization, the project does not take positions on issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a Pew subsidiary and a nonpartisan “fact tank” based in Washington, D.C., that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

For more information, visit the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.

Report

  • Americans' Views of Living to 120 and Beyond

    Aug 06, 2013 - With falling birthrates and rising life expectancies, the U.S. population is rapidly aging. By 2050, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections, one-in-five Americans will be 65 or older, and at least 400,000 will be 100 or older.

  • Catholic Population Largest in Latin America, Caribbean

    Feb 14, 2013 - Standard2013 02 142013 02 14Over the past century, the number of Catholics around the globe has more than tripled, from an estimated 291 million in 1910 to nearly 1.1 billion as of 2010, according to a comprehensive demographic study by

  • Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion

    Sep 20, 2012 - Three-quarters of the world's approximately 7 billion people now live in countries with high government restrictions on religion or high social hostilities involving religion, up from 70% a year earlier, according to a new Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life report.

  • Little Voter Discomfort with Romney’s Mormon Religion

    Jul 26, 2012 - Most voters continue to say it is important for a president to have strong religious beliefs. But voters have limited awareness of the religious faiths of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. And there is little evidence to suggest that concerns about the candidates’ respective faiths will have a meaningful impact in the fall elections.

  • Little Voter Discomfort with Romney’s Mormon Religion

    Jul 26, 2012 - Most voters continue to say it is important for a president to have strong religious beliefs. But voters have limited awareness of the religious faiths of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. And there is little evidence to suggest that concerns about the candidates’ respective faiths will have a meaningful impact in the fall elections.

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