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

February 6, 2019 The Evolution of Pew Research Center’s Survey Questions About the Origins and Development of Life on Earth Measuring public opinion on evolution has never been an easy task for survey researchers.
January 31, 2019 Religion’s Relationship to Happiness, Civic Engagement and Health Around the World People who are active in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of religious groups, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data from the United States and more than two dozen other countries.
January 3, 2019 Faith on the Hill The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.
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 […]