Poll Spot

Support for Faith-Based Programs

Sponsor: Pew Forum On Religion and Public Life
Released: 2009-11

Currently, 69% of Americans say they favor allowing churches and other houses of worship, along with other organizations, to apply for government funding to provide social services such as job training or drug treatment counseling. Just 25% oppose allowing faith-based groups to seek government funding to help the needy. Support is somewhat below the peak […]

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Analysis of “The Zeal of the Convert”

Sponsor: Pew Forum On Religion In Public Life
Released: 2009-10

A common perception about individuals who switch religions is that they are very fervent about their new faith. A new analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life provides quantitative support for this piece of conventional wisdom often referred to as the “zeal of the convert.” The analysis finds that people […]

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Opinions on Notre Dame Invitation to President Obama

Sponsor: Quinnipiac
Released: 2009-05

U.S. voters say 56 – 31 percent, including 60 – 34 percent among Catholic voters, that Notre Dame University should not rescind its invitation to President Barack Obama to speak at the university’s commencement, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Observant Catholic voters who attend religious services about once a week say […]

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Analysis of 2006-2008 Values and Beliefs polls

Sponsor: Gallup
Released: 2009-03

Despite the Roman Catholic Church’s official opposition to abortion and embryonic stem-cell research, a Gallup analysis finds almost no difference between rank-and-file American Catholics and American non-Catholics in terms of finding the two issues morally acceptable. The new Gallup analysis, based on aggregated data from Gallup’s 2006-2008 Values and Beliefs surveys, indicates that Catholics in […]

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American Religious Identification Survey

Sponsor: Trinity College Program on Public Values
Released: 2009-03

The percentage of Christians in America, which declined in the 1990s from 86.2 percent to 76.7 percent, has now edged down to 76 percent. Ninety percent of the decline comes from the non-Catholic segment of the Christian population, largely from the mainline denominations, including Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians/Anglicans, and the United Church of Christ. These […]

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