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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.

Barna: This Week

More than eight in 10 pastors (83%), and more than six in 10 Christians (63%) say that mercy often influences their… https://t.co/EpbuX1dCnP

@barnagroup • April 25, 2019

Christians at Work

46% of people who use the Bible regularly say they show more loving behavior toward others, and one in three (34%)… https://t.co/pLVt3IKy2P

@barnagroup • April 24, 2019

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