British Culture

Religion

According to the 2011 British Census, 25.1% of the British population does not affiliate with any religion.1 Of those who are religious, 59.5% are Christian, 4.8% are Muslim and 1.5% are Hindu.2 Other religions make up 1.9% and 7.2% did not give an answer. Each country within the United Kingdom has its own Church (e.g. The Church of England).

 

Interestingly, despite the fact that almost 70% of the population claim a religion in the national Census, other recent polls have strongly indicated that less than half of the total population believes in God. For example, in the British Social Attitudes survey of 2012, the proportion of non-religious people almost doubled from the Census statistic. In a Gallup Poll that asked the question “Is religion important in your daily life?”, 73% of British respondents answered no.3

 

Devotion to faith has also shifted between generations as figures show that today, only a quarter of youths aged between 18 and 24 believe in God. Furthermore, of those who do profess a religion, most are largely inactive in its practice. For example, Christian church attendance has significantly dropped since the 1950s. However, a 2014 poll found that Muslims are becoming the most actively religious group in British society.

 

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1 Central Intelligence Agency, 2017
2 Central Intelligence Agency, 2017
3 Nation Master, 2014
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