U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

A study published in June 2008 by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious makeup, religious beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public. The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, based on interviews with more than 35,000 American adults, reveals a deep and broad religiosity among Americans. The survey found that that 92 percent believe in God or a universal spirit – including one in five of those who call themselves atheists. More than half of Americans polled pray at least once a day. Though 78 percent identify as Christian, American society is pluralistic and tolerant, with a most being overwhelmingly open-minded about faith. A majority of Americans – 70 percent – say that many religions, not just their own, can lead to eternal life.

The online section of the report includes dynamic tools that complement the full report. For a video overview and related material, go to the resource page