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Thursday, July 17, 2014

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups

Polling & Analysis


Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are all viewed warmly by the American public, according to a new national Pew Research Center survey. The survey asked respondents to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating. Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons receive neutral ratings on average, while the public views atheists and Muslims more coldly. The analysis also looks at how different groups view each other. A Fact Tank post delves into the fact that some of the chilliest feelings are between evangelical Christians and atheists.  Read More >>

Given the wide variety of faith groups in the United States, it would seem natural that most Americans know someone of a religion different from their own. With that in mind, we recently asked members of the Pew Research Center’s new American Trends Panel whether they personally know members of other religious groups.  Read More >>

As violence between Israel and Hamas shows no signs of abating, the sympathies of the American public continue to lie with Israel rather than the Palestinians. And dating back to the late 1970s, the partisan gap in Mideast sympathies has never been wider. Currently, according to a new Pew Research poll, 51% of Americans say that in the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, they sympathize more with Israel. These views are little changed from April, before the recent outbreak of Mideast violence.  Read More >>

Media Mentions
Americans say Jews are the coolest
July 16 - The Atlantic
The Atlantic discusses the fact that respondents to a new Pew Research survey on Americans' feelings toward different religious groups reported feeling more warmly toward Jews than to people of any other faith -- and how that wasn't always the case.

Americans view Jews, Christians warmly
July 16 - Religion News Service
Religion News Service examines the results of the new Pew Research report on American feelings toward different religious groups and interviews Greg Smith, associate director of religion research, about the results.

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