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  1. Acknowledgments
    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Primary Researchers Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher Becka A. Alper, Research Associate Kiana Cox, Research Associate Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, […]
  2. How Does Pew Research Center Measure the Religious Composition of the U.S.? Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
    Question 1: Measuring religious identity How does Pew Research Center measure the religious identity of survey respondents and the religious composition of the U.S.? Answer: Generally, we rely on respondents’ self-identification.  A key question we ask in many surveys is: “What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Orthodox such […]
  3. Methodology
    This is the ninth time Pew Research Center has measured restrictions on religion around the globe.75 This report, which includes data for the year ending Dec. 31, 2016, generally follows the same methodology as previous reports. Pew Research Center uses two 10-point indexes – the Government Restrictions Index (GRI) and the Social Hostilities Index (SHI) – […]
  4. Acknowledgments
    This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation. This report is a collaborative effort based on […]
  5. 4. Among the 25 most populous countries, Egypt, Russia, India, Indonesia and Turkey had the highest overall restrictions on religion in 2016
    About three-quarters of the world’s people (more than 5 billion) live in the 25 most populous countries in the world. Examining the religious restrictions in these countries can show how government restrictions and social hostilities impact large portions of the world’s population – although not all who reside in these countries are affected equally, as […]
  6. 3. Americas the only region with a rise in both government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion in 2016
    Government restrictions by region In 2016, the global median level of government restrictions on religion increased slightly to 2.8 from 2.7 in 2015. The median score rose in three out of five regions (the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East-North Africa region) and remained about the same in two regions (Asia-Pacific and Europe). While […]
  7. 2. Harassment of religious groups hits highest point since 2007
    The analysis of 2016 sources found reports of religiously motivated harassment – whether perpetrated by governments or social groups – in the vast majority of the world’s countries (187, up from 169 in 2015). This marks the biggest number of countries where harassment was observed against religious groups since Pew Research Center began analyzing restrictions […]
  8. 1. Number of countries with ‘very high’ government restrictions on religion at highest level since 2007
    Countries with the most extensive government restrictions on religion Most countries around the world have some form of restrictions on religion – whether it is through laws that limit actions like public preaching or conversion, or actions that can include detaining, displacing or assaulting members of religious groups. A subset of countries, however, has particularly […]
  9. Global Uptick in Government Restrictions on Religion in 2016
    Restrictions on religion increased in 2016 for the second straight year. Nationalist parties and organizations played an increasing role in harassment of religious minorities, especially in Europe.
  10. Resumen de hallazgos: La brecha de edad respecto a la religión en todo el mundo
    Según varias mediciones, los adultos jóvenes tienden a ser menos religiosos que sus mayores. Lo contrario se da en raras ocasiones. En Estados Unidos, los grupos religiosos vienen envejeciendo desde hace décadas, y los adultos jóvenes ahora son mucho menos propensos que sus mayores a identificarse con una religión o participar en diversas prácticas religiosas. […]

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