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Pew Center: Americans Trust Clergy on COVID Vaccine Advice

By ANNA SCHILLER Pew Research Center As houses of worship continue to reopen, most U.S. adults who regularly attend religious services voice confidence in their clergy to provide guidance on the coronavirus vaccines – and far more say they have heard their pastor, priest, rabbi or imam encourage people to get vaccinated than have heard their clergy raise doubts about

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Pew Research Survey: Global Social Hostilities Toward Religion Down, Governmental Hostilities Peak

Pew Research Center By SAMIRAH MAJUMDAR Social hostilities around the world involving religion declined in 2019 to the lowest level in five years, while government restrictions on religion remained at a peak, according to Pew Research Center’s 12th annual global study of restrictions on religion. The Center’s study analyzes 198 countries and territories and is based on policies and events in

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Muslims Still Face Negativity in U.S.

By BESHEER MOHAMEDPew Research Center An unprecedented amount of public attention focused on Muslim Americans in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The U.S. Muslim population has grown in the two decades since, but it is still the case that many Americans know little about Islam or Muslims, and views toward Muslims have become increasingly polarized along political lines.

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Survey: Religion Played Role in 2020 Elections

The Pew Research Center conducted a survey of voters in the 2020 elections and the findings weren’t surprising. Similar to past elections, religion played an important role in the 2020 U.S. presidential contest: Republican candidate Donald Trump continued to garner strong support from White evangelical Protestants, while Black Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated backed the Democratic candidate and eventual winner, President

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Pew Center Survey: Declining White Population Neither Good Nor Bad

A survey by the Pew Research Center shows a majority of U.S. adults say the decreasing share of Americans who identify their race as White is neither good nor bad for society. About six-in-ten adults (61%) say this, while about two-in-ten (22%) say it is bad and 15% say it is good. Majorities across demographic and political groups have neutral views about

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Survey: Highly Religious Americans More Skeptical About Extraterrestrial Life

Pew Research Center Religious and secular thinkers alike have long discussed what the implications for religion would be if humans discovered intelligent life on other planets. In the United States, highly religious adults are much more skeptical about the possibility of extraterrestrial life compared with those who are less religious, according to a recent Pew Rearch Center survey.  This is evidenced by

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Survey: ‘Evangelical’ Numbers Dropping

In 2020, the percentage of white Americans who call themselves evangelical Christians dipped below the percentage identified as mainline Christians. That’s a big deal, says Doug Mendenhall, who posts his thoughts on his blog, “Jesus in the Food Court.” Mendenhall weighs in on that survey finding from the Pew Research Center. Click here to read Mendenhall’s column

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Pope Francis’ Popularity Rises in U.S.

BY CLAIRE GECEWICZ Pew Research Center Pope Francis’ popularity dropped in the United States a few years ago amid a sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church. But Americans’ opinions of the pontiff have since rebounded, and between February 2020 and March 2021 – 13 months that included moves by Francis to expand the role of women in the church as well as a widening

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The American Church in Decline

By WES CRAWFORD The headline of a March 2021 issue of The Washington Post grabbed the attention of many American Christian leaders by reporting that church membership in the United States dipped below 50 percent for the first time in this nation’s history. To put that statistic into perspective, the number of Americans claiming membership in a church, synagogue, or

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