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

July 23, 2019 What Americans Know About Religion Before you read the report Test your religious knowledge by taking an interactive quiz. The short quiz includes some questions recently asked in the nationally representative survey that forms the basis of this report. After completing the quiz, you can see how you did in comparison with the general public and with people like yourself. […]
July 15, 2019 A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion - laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices - increased markedly around the world.
June 11, 2019 Americans See Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse as an Ongoing Problem More than 15 years after U.S. bishops pledged “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, reports of previously unpublicized misconduct continue to receive wide media coverage.
April 30, 2019 In Western European Countries With Church Taxes, Support for the Tradition Remains Strong Giving a share of one’s income to the church has been a part of European tradition for centuries. Today, several countries continue to collect a “church tax” on behalf of officially recognized religious organizations, in some cases levying the tax on all registered members.
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.