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Society – Religious decline halted

October 2016

Religious decline seen in the UK over the past few years appears to have halted, according to pollster NatCen Social Research’s latest British social attitudes survey.

Although the proportion of people saying they have no religion increased gradually from 31 per cent in 1983 up to 51 per cent in 2009, there has been no increase between 2009 and 2015.

The figure today, gained from polling 4,328 UK adults, stands at 48 per cent and the proportion saying they have no religion has never gone above the 2009 peak of 51 per cent, the survey stated.

This halt in the decline of religion in Britain is largely due to the proportion of people describing themselves as a Christian of some kind being relatively stable since 2009. However, this perhaps masks a slight decrease in the number of Anglicans and a slight increase in those following non-Christian religions over the years since 2009.

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