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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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Evangelical Leaders’ Contact with Muslims

Sponsor: National Association of Evangelicals
Released: 2009-02

The February Evangelical Leaders Survey asked: “Do you have a mosque in your neighborhood? Have you personally had a serious discussion with a Muslim in the past year?” In response 27% reported living or working in proximity of a mosque and 33% said they had a serious conversation with a Muslim. A large majority (73% […]

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Impact of the 2008 Recession on Churches

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2008-12

Two out of every three families – 68% – have been noticeably affected by the financial setbacks in America. Born again adults were slightly less likely than were others to have sustained such substantial financial losses in recent months. While 30% of the born again public has lost 20% or more of its retirement portfolio […]

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How People of Faith Voted in the 2008 Presidential Race

Sponsor: The Barna Group
Released: 2008-11

Evangelicals chose their candidate on a different set of indicators than did other voters. When asked their primary reason for supporting the candidate they selected, 40% of evangelicals said it was because of the candidate’s position on moral issues. Only 9% of other voters listed that as their driving reason. Other significant reasons for evangelical […]

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Beliefnet’s 2008 Exit Poll

Sponsor: Beliefnet
Released: 2008-11

This is an unscientific poll of Beliefnet users, which looks voting patterns and preferences of the most religious of the Obama and McCain constituencies- those who attend church weekly or more. (Exit polls indicated that 55% of those who attend worship services weekly or more voted for McCain while 43% voted for Obama, an improvement […]

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