Report: “Pope Francis effect” may not exist after all.

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In a survey released Thursday about Americans’ views of the pope nearly a year into the papacy, the Pew Research Center found no change in the share of American adults who call themselves Catholic, or in self-reported rates of Mass attendance, when compared to pre-Francis numbers. Pew also reported no increase in the percentage of Catholics volunteering at their churches or going to confession.

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Recent Pew Research Center Report on the rise in children being born to single mothers is sobering

A recent Pew Research Center Report on the rise in children being born to single mothers is sobering, to put it mildly. From the report:

Another notable change during this period was the rise in births to unmarried women. In 2008, a record 41% of births in the United States were to unmarried women, up from 28% in 1990. The share of births that are non-marital is highest for black women (72%), followed by Hispanics (53%), whites (29%) and Asians (17%), but the increase over the past two decades has been greatest for whites—the share rose 69%.

The rest of the report may be seen here.

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How Religious Is Your State?

Which of the 50 states has the most religious population? Since there are many ways to define “religious,” there is no single
answer to this question. But to give a sense of how the states stack up, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life
used polling data to rank them on four measures: the importance of religion in people’s lives, frequency of attendance at worship services, frequency of prayer and absolute certainty of belief in God. Mississippi stands out on all four, and several other Southern states also rank very high on the measures.

See how the states rank according to each of the four measures

Poll Finds 42 Percent of Americans Don’t Know Barack Obama Pro-Abortion

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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Looking further into the new Pew Research center poll on abortion, the survey reveals that a substantial percentage of Americans don’t know that President Barack Obama has a strong pro-abortion position and record. The poll found 42 percent of Americans are unaware.

The poll finds that four-in-ten Americans are unaware of Obama’s position on abortion, although pro-life advocates are most well-informed — which is a testimony to the work of pro-life organizations.

On the other hand, independent voters and abortion advocates are less informed that Obama has been stridently pro-abortion.

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