Select Committee on BBC Charter Review Minutes of Evidence


Annex II

Polls and Surveys on Belief

  1.  Populus poll on churchgoing (Nov 2004)

More than weekly2 per cent
Weekly10 per cent
Monthly5 per cent
A few times a year36 per cent
Never47 per cent


  2.  Young People in Britain: The Attitudes and Experiences of 12 to 19 Year Olds.

DfES Research Report RR564, National Centre for Social Research 2004—ISBN 1 84478 291

  3.  Do you regard yourself as belonging to any particular religion?

  IF YES: Which?

None65 per cent
Christian27 per cent
Muslim5 per cent
Hindu1 per cent
Jewish1 per cent
Sikh1 per cent

  Survey of 13,000 young people by Revd Professor Leslie Francis and Revd Dr William Kay, Trinity College Carmarthen (Teenage Religion and Values, Gracewing, 1995). 61 per cent of 14-16 year olds described themselves as atheist or agnostic.

  4.  ICM poll for The Guardian Weekend 27 November 2004 (510 16-year-olds)

  Do you believe in God?

Yes35 per cent
No45 per cent
Don't know20 per cent


  5.  YouGov poll for Daily Telegraph (1981 adults aged 18+ throughout Britain online between 16 and 18 December 2004)

  Do you believe in God?

Yes44 per cent
No35 per cent
Don't know21 per cent


  6.  Marriages (ONS 4/2/2005)

1991
2003
Religious
0.7 per cent
32.2 per cent
Civil
49.3 per cent
67.8 per cent

  7.  Mori poll (4,270 respondents) for The Tablet May 2005

Atheist or agnostic24 per cent
aged 18-3436 per cent
aged 65+11 per cent


  8.  YouGov poll for Daily Telegraph (3,505 adults aged 18+ throughout Britain online between 20 and 22 July 2005)

  Below is a list of phrases which might be used to describe or define Britain and what it is to be British. For each one, please indicate how important you think that word or phrase is in defining Britishness.

  The Church of England

Very important17 per cent
Fairly important28 per cent
Not very important29 per cent
Not at all important23 per cent
Don't know3 per cent

  9.  ICM poll for The Guardian 23 August 2005

  Q9.  The government is expanding the number of state funded faith schools, including Muslim schools. Which one of the following do you most agree with?

  25 per cent  Faith schools are an important part of our education system and if there are Anglican and Jewish state-funded schools there should also be Muslim ones.

  8 per cent  Faith schools are an important part of our education system but the government should not be funding Muslim schools.

  64 per cent  Schools should be for everyone regardless of religion and the government should not be funding faith schools of any kind.

  4 per cent  Don't know

  10.  Home Office Research Study 274: Religion in England and Wales: findings from the 2001 Home Office Citizenship Survey (March 2004)

  Table 3.1: Which of the following things would say something important about you, if you were describing yourself?

Your religion 9th of 10 factors at 20 per cent

  Table 3.2: Top 10 things that would say something important about the respondent—by ethnicity

White: religion ranked 10th of 10 factors
Black: 3rd
Asian: 2nd
Mixed ethnicity: 7th


  11.  Poll for BBC Heaven & Earth Show (7 September 2003) of 1001 British adults, aged 16+

  Q.1a  From the following list, which two or three things, if any, have the most influence on your views or outlook on life?

Your own experience of life62 per cent
Your parents56 per cent
Your education30 per cent
Friends26 per cent
Newspapers and TV17 per cent
Religious teachings17 per cent
Books12 per cent
Politicians3 per cent
Celebrities you admire2 per cent
None1 per cent
Don't know1 per cent


  Q.2a  Which, if any, of the following would you say best describes you?

I am a practising member of an organised religion 18 per cent
I am a non-practising member of an organised religion 25 per cent
I am spiritually inclined but don't really belong to an organised religion 24 per cent
I am agnostic (not sure if there's a God) 14 per cent
I am atheist (convinced there's no God) 12 per cent
None of these7 per cent
Don't know1 per cent


  12.  Census 2001


Religion (per cent)
England
Wales
Scotland
N. Ireland
UK

Christianity
71.74
71.90
65.08
85.83
71.58
Islam
3.10
0.75
0.84
0.12
2.71
Hindu
1.11
0.19
0.11
0.05
0.95
Sikh
0.67
0.07
0.13
0.01
0.57
Jew
0.52
0.08
0.13
0.02
0.45
Buddhist
0.28
0.18
0.14
0.14
0.26
Other Religions
0.29
0.24
0.53
0.07
0.30
No Religion
14.60
18.53
27.55
2.72
15.56
Not Stated
7.69
8.06
5.49
11.15
7.62
TOTAL
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00





 
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