Poll Spot

Spirit and Power : A 10 Country Survey of Pentecostals

Sponsor: The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Released: 2006-10

Survey provides data on Pentecostals’ views on political issues, role of religion in politics, religious views of their political leaders, and separation of church and state. Pew conducted surveys in 10 countries with sizeable renewalist populations: the United States; Brazil, Chile and Guatemala in Latin America; Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in Africa; and India, […]

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American Values Survey

Sponsor: The Center for American Values in Public Life, People for the American Way Foundation
Released: 2006-09

Study found that the “partisan ‘God Gap’ has closed” and aimed to refute claims about “values voters” by showing that a majority of Americans are concerned with issues beyond abortion and gay marriage. The poll found that even among evangelical Christians, only 10 percent say abortion and gay marriage will be the most important factor […]

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American Piety in the 21st Century

Sponsor: Baylor University
Released: 2006-09

According to this Baylor University study, religious belief and a sense of religious belonging work together to shape political opinion. Additionally, spiritual practices are better predictors than specific traditions. It identifies four very different views of who God is and what God does in the world — Authoritarian God, Benevolent God, Critical God, Distant God […]

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Nationwide Survey on Social Issues

Sponsor: Pew Research Center
Released: 2006-08

Contrary to popular notions of a “culture war,” this poll shows that while there are differences among different groups on social issues, most Americans prefer a moderate, pragmatic approach to dealing with abortion, stem-cell research and gay marriage. This poll includes religious demographics.

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Poll on Views of Religion

Sponsor: CBS News
Released: 2006-04

Although Americans believe they are better informed about Islam than they were five years ago, fewer than one in five say their impression of the religion is favorable. Forty-five percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Islam, a rise from 36 percent in February. And the public’s impression of Islam has diminished […]

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