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Pew studies and analyzes issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs by conducting surveys, demographic analyses, and other research about the practice of religion and its place in American life. 

Recent work includes a major portrait of Jews in America and interviews with 38,000 Muslims around the globe to provide a more complete understanding of the beliefs and political views of members of the world’s second- largest religion.

Recent Work

September 29, 2022 Religious ‘switching’ patterns will help determine Christianity’s course in U.S.

Whether the U.S. will continue to have a Christian majority in 2070 will depend on many factors, including religious “switching.”

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September 29, 2022 Most Latinos Say Democrats Care About Them and Work Hard for Their Vote, Far Fewer Say So of GOP

Abortion has risen as an election issue for Latinos, with a majority saying it should be legal in all or most cases. Meanwhile, 80% say the economy is a very important issue when deciding who to vote for in the upcoming congressional midterm elections, a greater share than any other issue.

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September 13, 2022 Modeling the Future of Religion in America

Since the 1990s, large numbers of Americans have left Christianity to join the growing ranks of U.S. adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” If recent trends in religious switching continue, Christians could make up less than half of the U.S. population within a few decades.

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August 23, 2022 Abortion Rises in Importance as a Voting Issue, Driven by Democrats

While the economy remains the dominant issue in this fall’s midterm elections, the issue of abortion has increased markedly in importance. More voters continue to view their midterm vote as an expression of opposition to Joe Biden than support for him. But across both parties, more voters now say Biden is not much of a factor in their vote.

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August 23, 2022 India’s Sex Ratio at Birth Begins To Normalize

India’s artificially wide ratio of baby boys to baby girls – which arose in the 1970s from the use of prenatal diagnostic technology to facilitate sex-selective abortions – now appears to be narrowing. Son bias has declined sharply among Sikhs, while Christians continue to have a natural balance of sons and daughters.

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August 8, 2022 Why Pew Research Center typically can’t report the views of smaller U.S. religious groups

While the largest Christian traditions and religious “nones” can be consistently analyzed, smaller groups produce a large margin of error.

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July 19, 2022 Under Pope Francis, the College of Cardinals has become less European

As of August 2022, the College of Cardinals will have 132 voting members, 40% of whom are European, down from 52% in 2013. 

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July 15, 2022 Key facts about the abortion debate in America

As the nation’s post-Roe chapter begins and the legal battle shifts to the states, here are key facts about Americans’ views on abortion.

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