Bri­tons less likely to be believ­ers

The Church of England - - NEWS -

A SUR­VEY has found that Bri­tain ranks among the low­est in the world for re­li­gious be­lief.

The poll, un­der­taken by WIN/Gallup In­ter­na­tional, sur­veyed 64,000 peo­ple from 65 coun­tries about their re­li­gious be­liefs and found that 53 per cent of Bri­tish peo­ple sur­veyed de­scribed them­selves as ‘not re­li­gious’ while 13 per cent de­scribed them­selves as ‘con­vinced athe­ist.’

Bri­tain ranked just above Swe­den, which had only 19 per cent of na­tion­als claim­ing to be re­li­gious, the Nether­lands, at 26 per cent and the Czech Repub­lic at 27 per cent. China claimed seven per cent, Ja­pan 13 per cent and Hong Kong 26 per cent.

Jean-Marc Leger, Pres­i­dent of WIN/Gallup In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “Reli­gion con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate our ev­ery­day lives and we see that the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple who con­sider them­selves to be re­li­gious is ac­tu­ally rel­a­tively high.”

Thai­land came out as the most re­li­gious coun­try, with 94 per cent of na­tion­als say­ing they were re­li­gious, Ar­me­nia fol­lowed, joint equal with Bangladesh, both at 93 per cent.

The sur­vey also found that 66 per cent of peo­ple un­der 34 were more re­li­gious and those with­out a for­mal ed­u­ca­tion ac­counted for 80 per cent of the most re­li­gious among the six out of 10 peo­ple world­wide, who claimed to be re­li­gious.

“With the trend of an in­creas­ingly re­li­gious youth glob­ally, we can as­sume that the num­ber of peo­ple who con­sider them­selves re­li­gious will only con­tinue to in­crease,” Léger added.

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