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Religion in the U.S.: Items of Note From Ongoing Research

Find out more about recent research on Americans' religious behavior in a time of significant change.

Religiosity Largely Unaffected by Events of 2020 in U.S.

The coronavirus pandemic has had little effect on Americans' attitudes and behaviors when it comes to their own religiosity, but they became more likely to think the influence of religion in society is rising.

Religion Takes Larger Role for Democrats This Year

The Democratic National Convention emphasized Biden's personal faith, while Republicans continued to focus on activating their core evangelical base.

The Religion Paradox

More Americans say religion is increasing its influence on American life, although there has been no uptick in individual religiosity.

Why Are Americans Losing Confidence in Organized Religion?

Declining confidence in organized religion likely reflects many factors, including clergy scandals and the religion-politics connection.

American Public Opinion and the Equality Act

A majority of Americans support the concept behind the Equality Act, a bill recently passed by the House that would ban LGBT discrimination.

As U.S. Pandemic Eases, Fewer See Religion Gaining Influence

After surging last spring to 38%, the percentage of U.S. adults who say religion is increasing its influence on society has fallen back to pre-pandemic levels at 16%.

How Many Americans Believe in God?

Measuring Americans' faith in God depends on the threshold of "belief."

Religion and the COVID-19 Virus in the U.S.

The COVID-19 virus has disrupted traditional religious practices in the U.S. and may deepen spirituality among Americans as they confront the crisis.

Religion Considered Important to 72% of Americans

Seventy-two percent of Americans say religion is important to them, but few think its influence on U.S. life is increasing, and a record-low 46% say it can solve most problems.
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