Brits turn away from re­li­gion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

A LARGE PRO­POR­TION of peo­ple in the UK say they have no re­li­gion, a YouGov sur­vey has re­vealed.

Re­search car­ried out by Lan­caster Univer­sity on be­half of YouGov found that 46 per cent of adults of all back­groundssaythey­havenore­li­gion,while 42 per cent call them­selves Chris­tians.

The sur­vey, which polled 1,500 peo­ple, also found that younger peo­ple in this coun­try con­sider them­selves less religious than their el­ders. While the ma­jor­ity of over-60s said they were Chris­tian, 56per­centof peo­ple­un­dertheageof 40 said they held no re­li­gion at all.

The re­sults showed there was dis­par­ity be­tween the ma­jor­ity of Jews and the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple of other back­grounds liv­ing in the UK. Two years ago, the Na­tional Jewish Com­mu­nity Sur­vey, the largest ever car­ried out of Jews in the UK, found that younger peo­ple — those un­der the age of 40 — were in fact more ob­ser­vant than their par­ents’ and grand­par­ents’ gen­er­a­tions.

Th­ese fig­ures were mostly as­cribed to pop­u­la­tion growth among the strictly Ortho­dox.

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