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

May 11, 2021 Jewish Americans in 2020: Answers to frequently asked questions Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Pew Research Center’s report “Jewish Americans in 2020”
May 11, 2021 Appendix B: Mode experiment The present study is the second time Pew Research Center has conducted a national survey of the U.S. Jewish population. A key research question is whether the new survey found any significant changes within the Jewish population during the past seven years. But the change in research design implemented in 2020 complicates comparisons to the […]
May 11, 2021 Appendix A: Survey methodology The data in this report is drawn from a national cross-sectional, address-based sampling (ABS) survey conducted for Pew Research Center by Westat. This survey was fielded Nov. 19, 2019, through June 3, 2020.  Self-administered screening interviews were conducted with a total of 68,398 U.S. adults either online or by mail, resulting in 4,718 interviews with […]
May 11, 2021 Acknowledgments This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at Primary Researchers Becka A. Alper, Senior Researcher Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Research Team         Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Senior Researcher Claire Gecewicz, […]
May 11, 2021 12. People of Jewish background and Jewish affinity In addition to examining U.S. Jews, the survey provides data on Americans who have a connection to Judaism but who are not classified as Jewish in this report. These respondents fall into two categories: people of Jewish background and people of Jewish affinity. All people of Jewish background either were raised Jewish or had at […]
May 11, 2021 11. Economics and well-being among U.S. Jews Most Jewish adults report that they are satisfied with multiple aspects of their lives, including at least eight-in-ten who describe their family life, physical health and community as “good” or “excellent.” As a whole, U.S. Jews are a relatively high-income group, with roughly half saying their annual household income is at least $100,000 – much […]
May 11, 2021 10. Jewish demographics The demographic profile of Jewish Americans is distinctive in several ways. Compared with the overall public, the Jewish population is older, has relatively high levels of educational attainment and is geographically concentrated in the Northeast. Jewish adults ages 40 to 59 also have slightly fewer children, on average, compared with the general public. However, Orthodox […]
May 11, 2021 9. Race, ethnicity, heritage and immigration among U.S. Jews The majority of U.S. Jews identify as White. But in recent years, journalists, scholars and Jewish community leaders have wondered about the percentage of U.S. Jews who are “Jews of color,” “people of color” or “BIPOC” (an acronym for Black, Indigenous and people of color), and who should be included in these groups.33 The new Pew […]