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(RNS) The most religious Americans also have the highest rates of well-being, according to a new Gallup survey. The finding is based on a survey of more than 550,000 people about their physical and emotional health and their work environment. Overall, the very religious received a score on Gallup’s well-being index of 68.7 percent, while […] Read More

(RNS) When asked about Christianity’s recent contributions to society, Americans cited more negatives than benefits, according to a new survey. The negative contribution cited most was hatred or violence in the name of Jesus, according to the Barna Group survey. Other frequently cited examples included opposition to gay marriage and the Roman Catholic Church’s sex […] Read More

(RNS) As the U.S. has grown more diverse, more Americans believe that being a Christian is a key aspect of being “truly American,” researchers say. Purdue University scholars found that between 1996 and 2004, Americans who saw Christian identity as a “very important” attribute of being American increased from 38 percent to 49 percent. Scholars […] Read More

(RNS) President Obama’s approval rating among U.S. Jews has dropped in the past year, while opinions of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu have improved, according to a new survey released by the American Jewish Committee. The global advocacy organization pegged Jewish approval of Obama’s performance as president at 51 percent, down from 57 percent in March, […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Rep. Mike Pence, a fast-rising conservative firebrand from Indiana, was the surprise winner of a straw poll on Saturday (Sept. 18) among 17 possible Republican presidential candidates at the 2010 Values Voter Summit. Pence beat out better known conservative leaders, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to win with 24 percent in a […] Read More

(RNS) A majority of Americans—including those who do not practice a particular faith—think students should be able to express their religion in public schools, according to a new poll by the First Amendment Center. Three-quarters of Americans support student religious speech at public school events. A slight majority of those who don’t practice religion (52 […] Read More

LONDON (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled this month (Sept. 16-19) to pay the first papal visit to Britain in 28 years, but the host nation seems less than enthusiastic about it, according to a pair of public opinion polls. One survey, by the Ipsos MORI pollsters for the Roman Catholic weekly magazine The Tablet, […] Read More

TORONTO (RNS) “Hell is a half-filled auditorium,” wrote the poet Robert Frost. In Canada, it’s slightly less full. According to new poll, a bit more than half of Canadians believe in heaven, but less than a third believe in hell. About 53 percent said they believe in life after death; about 27 percent said they […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than three-quarters of U.S. Muslims support President Obama, a distinctly mixed blessing for a White House trying to combat rumors that Obama is a secret Muslim. A new Gallup Poll shows that Obama got his highest approval ratings from U.S. Muslims, at 78 percent, for the first half of 2010. That’s down […] Read More