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

January 14, 2021 Methodology The data in this report comes mainly from three different sources: The aggregated set of all of the random-digit dial (RDD) telephone surveys the Center conducted between January 2019 and July 2020; the annual profile survey (conducted Aug. 3 to 16, 2020) the Center administers to respondents in its American Trends Panel (ATP), which is […]
January 14, 2021 Acknowledgments This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at Research Team Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Becka A. Alper, Senior Researcher Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Senior Researcher Kiana Cox, Research Associate […]
January 14, 2021 Measuring Religion in Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel Since the establishment of the ATP, the Center has gradually migrated away from telephone polling and toward online survey administration, and since early 2019, the Center has conducted most of its U.S. polling on the ATP. This shift has major implications for the way the Center measures trends in American religion – including those from the Center’s flagship Religious Landscape Studies, which were conducted by phone in 2007 and 2014.
January 4, 2021 Faith on the Hill When it comes to religious affiliation, the 117th U.S. Congress looks similar to the previous Congress but quite different from Americans overall.
January 4, 2021 Acknowledgments This report was produced by Pew Research Center with data collected by CQ Roll Call. Pew Research Center is solely responsible for the interpretation and reporting of the data. Find related reports online at This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals: Primary Researcher Aleksandra Sandstrom, […]
November 10, 2020 Methodology This is the 11th time Pew Research Center has measured restrictions on religion around the globe.66 This report, which includes data for the year ending Dec. 31, 2018, generally follows the same methodology as previous reports. Pew Research Center uses two 10-point indexes – the Government Restrictions Index (GRI) and the Social Hostilities Index (SHI) – […]
November 10, 2020 Acknowledgments This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation. This report is a collaborative effort based on […]
November 10, 2020 4. Restrictions on religion among the 25 most populous countries in 2018 More than three-quarters of the world’s population lives in the 25 most populous countries. Focusing on these countries can shed light on how most people are affected by government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion – although not everyone in any particular country is equally affected by religious restrictions. Religious minorities vary from country to […]