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Six things you need to know about Pope Francis and gay civil unions

By Thomas Reese — October 23, 2020

(RNS) — Pope Francis’ comments about civil unions for same-sex partners in a new documentary have caused a stir. How to understand his positions.

Poll: White evangelicals are religious outliers on every issue of concern to voters

By Yonat Shimron — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — Only 35% of white evangelicals said the coronavirus is of critical concern, according to PRRI’s 11th annual American Values Survey. Among this group, abortion and terrorism top the list of concerns.

Police shooting of Jacob Blake prompts calls by faith leaders, governor for reform

By Adelle M. Banks — August 24, 2020

(RNS) — A Muslim group called for ‘immediate action’ against the officers involved in the shooting of the man Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers identified as Jacob Blake.

Poll: The ‘Trump bump’ is over, especially among white Christians

By Yonat Shimron — May 1, 2020

(RNS) — Among white evangelicals, Trump’s favorability ratings fell to 66% from a high of 77% in March when the coronavirus first began spreading across the country.

Bernie Sanders is poised to carry Utah, where Democrats are an energized minority

By Jana Riess — March 2, 2020

(RNS) — Bernie Sanders has a commanding lead in Utah polling, where Democrats are energized in the mostly red, majority-Mormon state.

Study: Trump’s support among GOP, white evangelicals ‘remarkably stable’

By Yonat Shimron — February 26, 2020

(RNS) — Among the groups that viewed the president unfavorably were African Americans, Hispanics, non-Christian religious Americans and religiously unaffiliated Americans.

American faith groups agree: Trump should act more presidential

By bob smietana, Jack Jenkins — October 22, 2019

(RNS) — American faith groups are just as divided as political parties — disagreeing about immigration policy, climate change and the future of the country, according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute. One thing they do agree on is that they wish President Trump would act more presidential.

Campus friendships can end a civil war before it starts

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — October 1, 2019

(RNS) — We are at historic, civil war levels of animosity and distrust between Americans, but the divide is not because of the impeachment, or even President Donald Trump.

Secular Student Alliance has seen growth at religiously affiliated colleges

By Heather Adams — September 6, 2019

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Two roommates are starting Fordham University’s first Secular Student Alliance chapter — one of 10 new chapters that have been started recently at religiously affiliated schools.

Survey: Less than 25% in any US state approves total ban on abortion

By Adelle M. Banks — August 13, 2019

(RNS) — The survey’s state-by-state findings come at a time when overall national views on the legality of abortion have remained stable. In 2018, 15% of those surveyed said it should be illegal in all cases, compared to 16% in 2014.

Survey: Most Americans continue to oppose religious service refusals to LGBT people

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2019

(RNS) — Last year’s Supreme Court decision granting some vendors the right to refuse service based on their beliefs has had no measurable effect on popular sentiment.

Does Trump encourage white supremacists? Faith groups divided in survey

By Adelle M. Banks — October 30, 2018

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The PRRI survey found sharp religious and racial divides over police brutality, immigration and churches’ handling of #MeToo-related issues.

Poll suggests religious freedom push is having an effect

By Yonat Shimron — August 6, 2018

(RNS) — Businesses owned by religious families are refusing to provide services to LGBT couples. Nearly a majority of Americans say that’s OK.

Most US faith groups say country is on the wrong track

By Yonat Shimron — July 19, 2018

(RNS) – Unlike other religious groups, they believe the country is headed in the right direction.

Same-sex marriage garners support among most American religious groups, study shows

By Jana Riess — May 1, 2018

(RNS) — Twice as many Americans now favor same-sex marriage as oppose it, by 61 percent to 30 percent.

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