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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.

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.

The Enduring Influence of Billy Graham

Evangelist Billy Graham has died at the age of 99 at his home in North Carolina. Widely considered the most significant religious figure of the twentieth century, it’s estimated that Graham preached the gospel—in person—to over 200 million people (more than any preacher in history) in 185 countries and to millions more via television and other media. Over the years, Barna’s polls have included questions about the influence of Billy Graham. In memory of this singular figure in American and Christian life, we’re revisiting some of these statistics, which serve as a testament to the enormous impact of a well-lived life.

Gen Z: Your Questions Answered

Barna just unveiled a landmark study of Gen Z at a live event (and national webcast) last month in Atlanta. Throughout the event we asked for viewers to submit their own questions about Gen Z. We received an overwhelming response and weren’t able to get to all of them. So we’ve decided to address some of your most common and burning questions about Gen Z right here.

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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