February 21, 2008

Major U.S. Religion Survey to be Released Monday

A major Pew Research Center study on religion is coming soon:

On Monday, Feb. 25, at noon, the Pew Forum will release the first report of a landmark survey that details the religious affiliation of the American public and explores the remarkable dynamism taking place in the U.S. religious marketplace.

Based on interviews conducted in English and Spanish with a representative sample of more than 35,000 adults, the survey includes detailed information on religious affiliation and provides estimates of the size of religious groups that are as small as three-tenths of 1 percent of the adult population. The report also describes changes in religious affiliation and analyzes the relationship between religious affiliation and various demographic factors, including age, ethnicity, nativity, educational and income levels, gender, family composition and regional distribution (including state breakdowns).

The online presentation of the findings, which includes interactive mapping, dynamic charts and a variety of other tools, will be available at pewforum.org at noon EST on Feb. 25.

Subsequent releases will include analyses of the survey's findings on Americans' religious beliefs and practices as well as their social and political views.

So if you're interested in the (estimated) number of Buddhists in the United States, a question we're asked often at Tricycle by the mainstream media and the merely curious, stay tuned!

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