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Trump polls ahead of Biden among Catholic voters with shift in Hispanic vote

May 2, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Overall, Pew has Trump leading by only 1% among the general voter population. His support among Catholics, however, shows signs... Read more


9 facts about Catholics in the U.S., according to Pew research

Apr 15, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Among the findings: Just 3 in 10 U.S. Catholics (28%) say they attend Mass weekly or more often. Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square gathered for his weekly general audience on April 3, 2024.

Pope Francis’ approval rating remains high in the U.S. but has slipped since 2021

Apr 12, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

In addition, the Pew report suggests that a majority of Catholics in the U.S. want the Church to change its... Read more

This photo taken on Jan. 15, 2024, shows a Chinese flag fluttering below a cross on a Christian church in Pingtan, in China's southeast Fujian province.

Government restrictions on religion reach ‘peak levels’ in latest Pew global survey

Mar 26, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Overall, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, and Algeria topped the report’s list of countries with “very high” government restrictions. Read more

Dr. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, speaks to ENN Host Tracy Sabol on Feb. 12, 2024.

Married, churchgoing couples among the happiest, data says

Feb 13, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Contrary to popular perception, data indicate that married men and women are markedly happier than their unmarried counterparts. Read more


‘Nones’ now largest religious category in U.S., new report says

Jan 25, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Pew’s new report, released Jan. 24, shows that nones now account for 28% of the total U.S. population, outstripping the... Read more


Pew study: Christianity still most common religion among Asian Americans

Oct 12, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The think tank said in a release this week that “about a third of Asian American adults (34%) say their... Read more

The Eucharistic procession ended in the Vatican’s Lourdes Grotto.

New study shows that now almost two-thirds of US Catholics believe in Real Presence 

Sep 29, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

As the U.S. Church continues its Eucharistic revival, a CARA study suggests there is positive movement when it comes to... Read more


Is the era of the traditional family over in America? Survey suggests yes

Sep 25, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A new Pew survey found that Americans are more concerned about their careers and friends than in having children. Read more

Faithful Catholics hold a procession in New York to honor the Virgin of the Clouds, venerated in Ecuador and Peru.

Only 30% of young U.S.-born Latinos are Catholic, study reveals

Apr 17, 2023

By Diego López Marina

A new study from the Pew Research Center found that the number of Latinos who identify as Catholic has declined... Read more


In-person Mass attendance dips following pandemic, study suggests

Mar 30, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A quarter of all Catholics say they now attend Mass less often than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more


Only 1 in 3 Catholic parents think it’s very important their children share their faith, survey finds

Feb 9, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

In total, 65% of Catholics said it was either extremely, very, or somewhat important for their children to hold their... Read more


Pew survey: Half of U.S. Catholics pray every day, and the number is dropping

Dec 16, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A new survey of U.S. adults found that 51% of Catholics pray every day, a drop of 8 percentage points... Read more

A woman prays the rosary.

Few Americans blame God for suffering in the world, new survey finds

Nov 24, 2021

By Kate Olivera

A new study by the Pew Research Center found that few Americans blame God for suffering in the world. Instead,... Read more

The lethal injection room at California's San Quentin State Prison.

Survey: A majority of US Catholics support the death penalty

Jul 21, 2021

By Matt Hadro

One recent survey shows a majority of U.S. Catholics supporting use of the death penalty for murder convicts. The support... Read more

Pope Francis holds his weekly general audience in the Courtyard of St. Damaso on June 9, 2021.

US Catholics have favorable view of Pope Francis, according to national survey  

Jun 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

According to a recent online survey released by the Pew Research Center on June 25, Pope Francis’ popularity remains "fairly... Read more

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Majority of Americans praying for end to coronavirus, survey finds

Mar 31, 2020

A majority of Americans say they have prayed for an end to the new coronavirus, including some who say they... Read more

The 'nones' – why some Americans are forgoing religious labels

Aug 9, 2018

Among the growing share of religious “nones” in the U.S., a majority say that questioning religious teachings is one important... Read more

Across education lines, US Christians share common religiosity

May 3, 2017

College educated Christians are more likely to be churchgoers than their less educated counterparts, and seem to show about the... Read more

Cross of the Martyrs.

Study finds religious persecution spread to more countries in 2015

Apr 15, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Global religious persecution spiked from 2014 to 2015, the Pew Research Center noted in a new report released this week.  Read more