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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

February 12, 2024 Who Are You? The Art and Science of Measuring Identity

As a shop that studies human behavior through surveys and other social scientific techniques, we have a good line of sight into the contradictory nature of human preferences. Here's a look at how we categorize our survey participants in ways that enhance our understanding of how people think and behave.

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February 7, 2024 8 facts about atheists

Around six-in-ten U.S. atheists are men (64%). And seven-in-ten are ages 49 or younger, compared with about half of U.S. adults overall (52%).

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February 1, 2024 From Businesses and Banks to Colleges and Churches: Americans’ Views of U.S. Institutions

Americans overwhelmingly see small businesses as having a positive effect on the way things are going in the country. By contrast, their views of large corporations are broadly negative. And most people – including identical shares in both parties – are critical of the impact of banks and financial institutions.

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January 24, 2024 Religious ‘Nones’ in America: Who They Are and What They Believe

28% of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated, describing themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular” when asked about their religion.

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January 24, 2024 Has the rise of religious ‘nones’ come to an end in the U.S.?

Although it’s possible that the “nones” have leveled off, it’s also possible that their growth has continued, but at a gradual pace that is difficult to see in the data.

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January 18, 2024 Language and Traditions Are Considered Central to National Identity

Across more than 20 countries surveyed, a median of 91% say being able to speak their country’s most common language is important for being considered a true national. And 81% say sharing their country’s customs and traditions is important for true belonging.

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January 17, 2024 Around 4 in 10 Americans have become more spiritual over time; fewer have become more religious

Most Americans are spiritual or religious in some way and many also say their spirituality and level of religiosity have changed over time.

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December 19, 2023 A majority of Americans have a friend of a different religion

About six-in-ten U.S. adults say only some (43%) or hardly any or none (18%) of their friends have the same religion they do.

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