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Five Years in, How’s the American-Muslim-Majority-in-Twenty-Years Trend Coming Along?

In 2010 and again in 2011, American conspiracy theorists insisted that “in twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. and Canada to elect the President and Prime Minister.” In the United States, that would take a population majority.

It’s 2015 now, five years in to that imagined twenty-year span. How’s the […]

As American Religious “Nones” increase in Numbers, Here’s Why it Matters…

According to the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Survey, the share of Americans who identify themselves as “atheist,” “agnostic,” or “nothing in particular” has jumped from 16.1% to 22.8% in the last seven years.

The increasing share of religious “Nones” matters because lack of religion is a basis for discrimination in this country. Michael Wallace, Bradley […]

Catholicism and Irreligiosity in Society; Catholicism and Irreligiosity in Congress

Percent of Americans who indicate they are “Atheist,” “Agnostic,” or “Nothing in Particular” when asked to identify their religion in the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Survey: 22.8%

Rank of Atheism/Agnostic/Nothing in American religious identifications: #2 (behind Protestant)

Percent of Americans who indicate they are “Catholic” when asked to identify their religion in the 2014 Pew […]

Pew Asks: How Important is Religion in Your Life? The U.S. Responds…

… with slow but steady change:

Source: Pew Global Attitudes Survey

Survey: Americans Feel Coldest Toward Atheists and Muslims

Last week, Rowan created a visualization of Pew Research polling data on Americans collected from January-March 2014. When Pew asked respondents how they would feel about their children marrying athiests, members of the American Christian majority displayed a strong tendency to express unhappiness at the prospect.

Because surveys gather data from […]

Burying the Lede: No Matter How Pew Asks, Majorities Oppose Massive Government Surveillance

“Government Surveillance: A Question Wording Experiment,” reads the latest release of polling data from the Pew Research Center. The story underneath reads:

To better understand how the manner in which the government’s surveillance program is described affects public evaluations, the Pew Research Center conducted a question wording experiment in a national telephone survey fielded between […]

While Gun Deaths Decline and Schools Remain Safe, Americans Flip Out

The National Rifle Association has been using the death of a small number of children to try and mandate the use of armed guards in every school across the country. Not coincidentally for a group funded by gun manufacturers, that would require school districts everywhere to buy a large number of guns. But is such […]

When "Many in Poll Expected Jesus' Return" Means Most Actually Didn't

Many in Poll Expected Jesus’ Return by 2050

That’s the headline offered today by the Christian Broadcasting Network. You’ll have to look at the little words below the headline to notice that the poll was actually carried out three years ago. And despite the CBN’s declaration that “future hope remains strong,” a quick look at […]

Swing Voters Dislike Religious Campaigning Most of All

It seems that Obama isn’t accomplishing anything with his righteous Christianity except to make his supporters less comfortable with him. […]