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November 2010

Surprising statistics

 

Startling research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has suggested that nearly 75 per cent of Brits would claim that they are Christian.

     Its Integrated households survey: experimental statistics is one of the widest-ranging polls done in the UK, taking in responses from 450,000 individuals. Its scope is second only to the national census in size.

     The ONS figures show that 71 per cent of the British population describe themselves as Christians, confirming the last national census figures from 2001.

     The data revealed Scotland to be the most ‘Christian’ country with 72.3 per cent of the population identifying themselves as Christian, followed closely by England at 71.4 per cent and Wales 69 per cent.

     Some 20.5 per cent declared themselves to be of no religion and 8 per cent ‘any other religion’.

     Interestingly, only 1.5 per cent of adults in the UK identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual – suggesting that the secular media has over-emphasised homosexuality and that its promotion in schools and the public sphere is far out of proportion to the numbers of people describing themselves as in that category.

 

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