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1 in 4 Americans Cast Ballots Outside Party Lines in Midterms

Brand new research from Barna explores the flexibility of U.S. voters in a fraught political climate. The data reveals that only a minority of Americans report having changed their minds about their political affiliation at some point. However, among people who have switched parties, many have made the shift recently.

Volunteerism in America: The Top 10 Cities

Over the years, Barna has been tracking the religious views, attitudes and lifestyles among American adults and publishing this data in our Cities reports. In this infographic, we list the top 10 American cities where respondents are most likely to volunteer for a non-profit organization on a weekly basis.

What Motivates Christians to Give?

While many Americans rush for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and gear up for Christmas shopping, #GivingTuesday is a chance to pause and consider donating money to organizations and charities. Over the years, Barna research has revealed much about the giving habits and motivations of U.S. adults, particularly churchgoers and Christians.

Around the Thanksgiving Table: The Data Behind Those Tense Conversations

Getting together over the holidays can be almost notoriously fraught. Over the years, Barna’s research has covered some of the delicate or even difficult dynamics that might exist across generations or simply across the dinner table.

Our Present Political Moment, in Numbers

Americans head to the polls today for the 2018 midterm elections. In the midst of this unprecedented and contentious season, Barna has been tracking key issues and trends related to the United States’ political climate. In this article, we’ve compiled highlights from Barna’s recent studies that may help provide context—or prompt more questions—about our present political moment.

U.S. Adults Have Few Friends—and They’re Mostly Alike

Barna has been examining the role of friendships over the years and, like other researchers, finds signs of a loneliness epidemic. Drawing from a number of recent studies of all adults, as well as Gen Z and pastors, we look at the state of friendship in the U.S.

Generous People Are Rarely Single-Issue Donors

In light of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, this infographic looks at the correlation between donating to causes aimed at helping the world’s poor and other acts of engagement, service and compassion—in other words, the more you care, the more you care.

Does Mercy Influence Christians’ Actions?

Breaking the cycle of incivility in American public discourse will require a reset—and a radical reorientation toward virtues like forgiveness and kindness. Along these lines, Barna conducted a study on how U.S. Christians and pastors connect to biblical concepts of mercy, justice and truth. This new infographic explores whether these virtues impact their behavior.

Why People Are Reluctant to Discuss Faith

Spiritual conversations are harder in an increasingly secular age dominated by technology. This infographic outlines common reasons why Americans are reluctant to engage in spiritual conversations—from avoidance to ambivalence and everything in between.

The Well-Traveled Church: Two-Thirds Have Gone Abroad

Just how expansive is the world of an American churchgoer? During this busy travel season, this free research sample looks at the international experiences of churchgoing Christians and how these journeys relate to their perspectives of other cultures and their own country.

How Political Views Shape Beliefs About Global Poverty

In this excerpt from The Good News About Global Poverty, a new report produced in partnership with Compassion International, we look at how liberals and conservatives view issues around poverty differently—and how practicing faith provides common ground for serving the poor.

3 Reasons to Have Hope About Global Poverty

In recent decades, there has been a widely acknowledged trend of a decline in global poverty—1.1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 1990. This excerpt from Barna’s new report, produced in partnership with Compassion International, also points to the power of optimism and empathy in facilitating justice for the poor.

How Spiritual Americans Practice Self-Care

Talk about “self-care” has entered the mainstream as many seek out ways to unplug or pursue personal health through nature, journaling, solitude and more. To see how spiritual Americans are being mindful of their well-being, Barna asked them to identify their regular self-care practices.

Americans Feel Good About Counseling

Millions of Americans face mental illness each year. Yet the stigma surrounding mental health and therapy persists, despite the fact that Americans—especially Christians—who see a counselor have overwhelmingly positive experiences with the practice. In a new study, Barna looks at how Americans feel about and engage with counseling.

Year One: American Views on President Trump

This week marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Looking back on what has been an unprecedented year in American politics, Barna recaps some of the bigger political moments since January 20, 2017 and how U.S. adults felt about them.

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