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

November 20, 2018 Where Americans Find Meaning in Life Family is the most common source of meaning in America, but economic, religious and political divides shape where people find meaning in other aspects of life.
October 29, 2018 Eastern and Western Europeans Differ on Importance of Religion, Views of Minorities, and Key Social Issues The European continent today is split in public attitudes toward religion, minorities and social issues such as gay marriage and legal abortion.
October 2, 2018 Confidence in Pope Francis Down Sharply in U.S. Just three-in-ten Catholic adults say Francis is doing an excellent or good job addressing the sex abuse scandal, down 14 points from this January and 24 points since 2015.
August 29, 2018 The Religious Typology A new analysis looks at beliefs and behaviors that cut across many religious denominations – important traits that unite people of different faiths, or that divide those of the same religious affiliation.
August 1, 2018 Why Americans Go (and Don’t Go) to Religious Services In recent years, the percentage of U.S. adults who say they regularly attend religious services has been declining, while the share of Americans who attend only a few times a year, seldom or never has been growing. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that the main reason people regularly go to church, synagogue, mosque […]
July 5, 2018 How Does Pew Research Center Measure the Religious Composition of the U.S.? Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Question 1: Measuring religious identity How does Pew Research Center measure the religious identity of survey respondents and the religious composition of the U.S.? Answer: Generally, we rely on respondents’ self-identification.  A key question we ask in many surveys is: “What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox such […]
June 21, 2018 Global Uptick in Government Restrictions on Religion in 2016 Restrictions on religion increased in 2016 for the second straight year. Nationalist parties and organizations played an increasing role in harassment of religious minorities, especially in Europe.
June 13, 2018 The Age Gap in Religion Around the World Young adults tend to be less religious than their elders by several measures; the opposite is rarely true. This pattern holds true across many countries that have different religious, economic and social profiles.