Pew Forum Releases U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey

September 2010 – Washington, D.C.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has released the results of a survey of 3,412 people, conducted between May and June of 2010 and intended to test a broad range of religious knowledge, including understanding of the Bible, core teachings of different faiths, and major figures in religious history. On average, Americans correctly answered half of a set of 32 questions. Highest scores were from Atheists/Agnostics (average of 20.9 correct responses), Jews (average 20.5 correct), and Mormons (average 20.3 correct). On questions about Christianity, Mormons scored the highest, followed by white evangelicals. Jews, atheists, and agnostics knew the most about other faiths.

Please see the links below for more information and to take an online religious knowledge quiz.